When a person's blood vessels narrow, the condition is called atherosclerosis. And when it happens in the carotid artery, it is also known as carotid artery disease.
The carotid arteries are two large blood vessels—one on each side of the body—that transport blood, oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the brain, face and neck. If those arteries become clogged with fatty substances and cholesterol, also known as plaque, it can be harder for blood to get to the brain, increasing a person’s risk of stroke.
Doctors at Yale Medicine are well versed in diagnosing and treating this potentially life-threatening condition, either with surgery or with an X-ray assisted technology called stenting.