Who Is at Risk for Carotid Artery Disease?
People at increased risk for carotid artery disease are those who:
- have high cholesterol
- drink a lot of alcohol
- are obese
- have high blood pressure
- are not physically active enough
- have a family history of carotid artery disease
Except for family history, you have some control over these risk factors. Talk with your doctor about ways to help reduce your risk of carotid artery disease. Your doctor may suggest that you eat a healthy diet, stay at a good weight, be active each day, and possibly take medicine.