As a combined practice, the Cardiovascular Care Group and Vein Institute of NJ focus on a variety of issues involving the arteries and veins of your body. And as board-certified vascular surgeons, we are able to provide some of the foremost diagnostics and treatments for these vascular issues.
To help mark National Stroke Awareness Month this May, The Vein Instiute of NJ wants to make you aware of this disease, its link to carotid artery disease, and the steps for early detection.
The body's circulation system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. So, when blood flow to a specific part is reduced, you may experience what is known as poor circulation. Essentially, there is not enough blood flow to a certain area of the body.
Carotid artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque, of the main arteries in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. This plaque is estimated to be the source of stroke in up to one-third of individuals, with 427,000 new diagnoses of stroke every year in the U.S.
On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Disease of the carotid arteries is one of the leading risk factors for stroke, responsible for approximately one-third of all occurrences. Unfortunately, many people don’t experience symptoms and thus aren’t aware they have carotid artery[…]