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Why is carotid stenosis a risk factor for heart disease?

Carotid stenosis, a disease of the blood vessels, refers to blocked arteries in your neck, putting you at very high risk of stroke, vascular dementia and heart disease. In fact, blocked arteries in your brain, neck or legs suggest that you may be at increased risk of blocked arteries in your heart. If you have plaque in your carotid arteries, or if you have peripheral arterial disease or have had a stroke, you are more likely to have plaque buildup in the arteries of your heart, too.

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