Risk Factors & Warning Signs

Risk Factors for Carotid Artery Disease

The risk of developing carotid artery disease increases with age and include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking or history of tobacco abuse
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • History of heart disease
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • History of previous stroke
  • Family history of vascular disease (hardening of the arteries)
  • Irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation

Warning Signs / Symptoms of Stroke

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS – CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!

  • Sudden weakness, numbness, or tingling on one side of the body or face
  • Sudden inability to control movement of a body part
  • Loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Unexplained slurred speech or garbled talk
  • Severe dizziness or confusion
  • Sudden paralysis of an arm or leg