Carotid Artery Disease Specialist

Acadiana Vascular Clinic: Vein Center of Louisiana -  - Board Certified Vascular Surgeon

Acadiana Vascular Clinic: Vein Center of Louisiana

Board Certified Vascular Surgeons located in Lafayette, LA

If you have carotid artery disease (CAD), you’re at higher risk for many serious health conditions, such as heart failure and stroke. The providers at the Vein Center of Louisiana, located in Lafayette, Louisiana, are committed to effective diagnosis and timely treatment of CAD. If you would like an expert evaluation of your risks and symptoms of carotid artery disease, call or request an appointment online today.

Carotid Artery Disease Q & A

What is carotid artery disease?


Carotid artery disease is a condition that affects the carotid arteries, which run along each side of your neck. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your brain. With CAD, these arteries become clogged, and the blood flow to your brain is diminished or blocked.

Blockage is due to a buildup of plaque, which is made up of cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue. Over time, plaque collects and the arteries narrow and stiffen in the area of the buildup. Carotid artery disease places you at elevated risk for stroke, as well as heart failure.

Who is at risk for carotid artery disease?


You’re at higher risk for carotid artery disease if you:

  • Are obese
  • Have an unhealthy diet
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Smoke
  • Are male
  • Have high cholesterol

If you have these risk factors, it’s important that you’re screened regularly for evidence of carotid artery disease.


What are symptoms of carotid artery disease?


Carotid artery disease can be dangerous because it may not present symptoms in its early stages. Many don’t know they have carotid artery disease until they have a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Symptoms of TIA are similar to those of a stroke and usually resolve within 24 hours. These include:

  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling on one side
  • Inability to move or control movement on one side
  • Sudden vision loss in one eye
  • Inability to speak clearly

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately.


What treatments are available for carotid artery disease?

The Vein Center of Louisiana provides a number of treatment options for carotid artery disease, including:

  • Endarterectomy: surgical removal of plaque from inside an artery
  • Angioplasty: a balloon inside the artery to unblock blood flow
  • Stent: a mesh tube that holds plaque back and prevents blockage

The providers at the Vein Center of Louisiana are certified and have been recognized for excellence in the use of transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR). This revolutionary method helps to decrease the risk of stroke associated with stent placement and other treatments by filtering potential clot-forming material out of the blood during the procedure.

To be screened or treated for carotid artery disease, call or book an appointment with the Vein Center of Louisiana.