Medical Therapy

Managing your carotid artery disease with medication.

Medical
Therapy

Managing your carotid artery
disease with medication.

Medical
Therapy

Managing your
carotid artery disease
with medication. 

Overview

If you caught your carotid artery disease early, your physician may suggest medical therapy to manage your carotid artery disease. Your doctor may prescribe medicine (antiplatelets) to help stop cells in the blood from sticking together and forming a clot. A blood clot can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Additionally, medications that help to control hypertension and lower your cholesterol and fats may be prescribed. If you have diabetes, your physician may change your medications to help reduce your blood sugar levels.

Managing Your Disease

A healthy diet, exercise and stoping smoking are also important to help treat and prevent carotid artery disease. Be sure to monitor your carotid artery disease closely in case it worsens. If medical therapy is not enough to manage your disease completely, your physician may recommend another treatment option such as surgery or stenting to help lessen your risk of stroke.

Risks of Medical Therapy

Since medical therapy does not require any physical intervention to fix the disease in your carotid artery, you could still be at risk for a future stroke. Sometimes severe narrowing of the artery without symptoms might still benefit from intervention. It is important to closely monitor your carotid artery disease with your physician in case it continues to worsen. 

Risks of Medical Therapy

Since medical therapy does not require any physical intervention to fix the disease in your carotid artery, you could still be at risk for a future stroke. It is important to closely monitor your carotid artery disease with your physician in case it continues to worsen. 

Additional treatment options available to treat carotid artery disease

Transfemoral Carotid Artery Stenting

Carotid artery disease treated with a stent placed with access through the upper leg.

Carotid Endarterectomy

Surgical treatment option to reduce the risk of stroke.

Transcarotid Artery Revascularization

Minimally invasive option to treat carotid artery disease.

Insurance and Medicare Coverage for Medical Therapy 

Medication for medical therapy for carotid artery disease is typically covered by insurance. Depending on your disease and other risk factors, your physician will prescribe the appropriate medication combination. Contact your insurance company about your coverage on the medications your physician prescribes.