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Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery

Carotid artery disease occurs when one or both of the major arteries in the neck become narrowed or blocked. Two carotid arteries — one on either side of the neck — provide blood flow to the brain. Over time, the carotid arteries can develop a buildup of cholesterol and fat deposits, called plaque. This build-up gradually narrows the artery, which leads to decreased blood flow to the brain and greatly increases the chance of stroke.

Allegheny General Hospital brings together some of the region’s finest experts in carotid artery disease, uniting the disciplines of interventional radiology, cardiology and vascular surgery, for the cutting-edge treatment of disease affecting the carotid artery.


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