The carotid artery is one type of artery in the neck that carries blood from the heart to the brain. The other type is vertebral artery.
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American Heart Association answered
Johns Hopkins Medicine answeredThe major arteries of the neck, called the carotid arteries, supply the brain with blood and extend from your aorta in your chest to the brain inside your skull.
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredThe carotid artery is one of two major vessels, on either side of the neck, that supply blood to the brain; each one divides into external and internal carotid arteries, which carry blood to the face and neck and the front part of the brain, respectively.
The carotid artery travels up each side of the neck and branches into smaller vessels that supply blood to the brain. Blood flowing through the carotid arteries (carotid pulses) can be felt on each side of the neck next to the windpipe (trachea).
The carotid arteries are a common location for hardening of the artery wall (atherosclerosis) to occur.
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