You have two carotid arteries. They are the main arteries that supply blood and oxygen to your head and neck. Sometimes plaque that causes narrowing of the arteries can break away from the artery walls. Fragments may clump together causing a blood clot (embolism). Left untreated an embolism can cut off the blood supply to your brain causing a stroke.

To access the flow of blood in your carotid arteries your consultant may order a carotid doppler test.

Treatment for your carotid embolism will depend on your own situation. In some cases your consultant may recommend medication, diet and lifestyle changes. For some patients a surgical procedure may be required.

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