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Causes

Damage, Plaque and Clots

  • Carotid artery disease starts when damage occurs to the inner layers of the carotid arteries. Plaque may build up in the arteries because of an injury to the inner lining.
  • Injury can occur as a result of smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other factors.
  • Blocking the arteries directly, plaque can rupture, forming blood clots in the arteries. Such clots can also block arteries.

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-8800

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