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Understanding Atherectomy and Carotid Endarterectomy

The vascular system is the body’s network of blood vessels, which is made up of arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart. Vascular system problems are common. In fact, millions of Americans are diagnosed with vascular disease each year. Two of the most serious vascular diseases are atherosclerosis and carotid artery disease — both of which are caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. Atherosclerosis facts Atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries, occurs when plaque buildup causes arteries to narrow, weaken and become less flexible. Eventually, the amount of blood and oxygen delivered to
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The Facts About Carotid Artery Disease

The carotid arteries are the two large blood vessels that extend down your neck and provide necessary blood to the head and brain. Carotid artery disease begins when a buildup of plaque narrows the artery, causing a decrease of blood flow to the brain. The plaque initially has a wax-like consistency and can harden over time, making it hard for blood to run through the vessel. This hardened plaque can break off and cause clots, or travel to smaller arteries. The plaques can also buildup until there is a complete blockage in the artery. In either case, a stroke or
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