Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty deposits (plaques) clog the blood vessels that deliver blood to your brain and head (carotid arteries). The blockage increases your risk of stroke, a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or seriously reduced.
What percentage of strokes are caused by buildup of plaque?
Most strokes (about 87%) are ischemic, and most of those are caused by atherosclerosis. Hemorrhagic: These strokes are caused by bleeding into the brain. Most commonly, high blood pressure causes a small artery to burst open.
Is a buildup of plaque can lead to heart disease heart attack and stroke?
Coronary artery disease is the buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. Plaque causes a narrowing or blockage that could result in a heart attack.
What happens if a mini stroke goes untreated?
If a stroke is untreated for the full 10 hours, the brain ages up to 36 years! With every minute you wait, the brain loses two million brain cells. When it comes to stroke treatment, every single second counts. Unfortunately, many stroke patients are unable to seek help for themselves due to the nature of the attack.
How can I tell if Ive had a mini stroke?
The most common symptoms of a ministroke are:dysphasia, a language disorder.dysarthria, or physical difficulty when speaking.vision changes.confusion.balance issues.tingling.an altered level of consciousness.dizziness.