(HealthDay News) -- Carotid arteries carry blood to the brain, but they can become narrowed or clogged when sticky substances known as plaque build up in these vessels.
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The U.S. National Library of Medicine says risk factors for carotid artery disease include:
- Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- Being diabetic.
- Having heart disease.
- Drinking excessive alcohol.
- Having kidney disease, notably when dialysis is needed.
- Abusing cocaine.
- Having a family history of stroke.
- Getting older.
-- Diana Kohnle
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