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Carotid artery disease treatments

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Treating your disease to keep your heart healthy

At Novant Health we understand that no two patients are alike and offer personalized treatment plans to avoid further complications from carotid artery disease. Learn more about our treatment options to get you back to feeling your best.


Your doctor might ask you to start taking a daily dose of aspirin or another blood thinning medication to reduce the risk of blood clots. Statins, or cholesterol-lowering medications, may also be recommended by your physician as an option. Other medications like angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or calcium channel blockers may be recommended to control your blood pressure.

Lifestyle changes

Your Novant Health provider may suggest lifestyle changes to treat your disease and help prevent serious side effects, like stroke. These lifestyle changes can slow the progression of carotid artery disease.

  • Quit smoking and using tobacco products
  • Control high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease
  • Have regular checkups with your doctor
  • Have your doctor check your lipid profile
  • Eat foods low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium
  • Achieve and maintain a desirable weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

Surgical procedures
  • Carotid endarterectomy refers to the surgical removal of plaque blocking the artery to restore normal blood flow to the brain.
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting is a procedure designed to open up clogged arteries to prevent or treat stroke. It involves inserting a small balloon catheter where your carotid artery is clogged to widen the artery. A tiny tube called a stent may also be put inside the artery during a carotid angioplasty to restore normal blood flow to the brain and help prevent future blockage.

Contact a Novant Heath provider near you to learn more about these treatment options.