You are more likely to develop carotid artery disease as you age. This condition occurs when the major arteries in your neck become narrowed or blocked. Carotid arteries extend from the aorta in your chest to the brain, supplying your brain with blood. When these normally smooth arteries suffer a buildup of plaque, the arteries can narrow or stiffen (atherosclerosis)
If soft plaque deposits crack or form irregular areas inside the artery, your body may respond by forming a large blood clot in your carotid artery or one of its branches. This may slow or stop the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain and could cause a stroke. More commonly, a clot from the plaque breaks off, travelling through the bloodstream and blocks a small artery in the brain, causing a stroke.
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