Taking action to control your risk factors can help prevent or delay carotid artery disease and stroke. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to get carotid artery disease.
Making lifestyle changes and taking prescribed medicines are important steps.
Know your family history of health problems related to carotid artery disease. If you or someone in your family has this disease, be sure to tell your doctor. Also, let your doctor know if you smoke.
This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.