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What are the carotid arteries?

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The carotid arteries are two large blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to the front part of the brain. This is where thinking, speech, personality, and sensory and motor functions reside. You can feel your pulse in the carotid arteries on each side of your neck, right below the angle of the jaw line.

SOURCES: American Heart Association: “Carotid Artery Stenosis.” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “Carotid Ultrasound.” JAMA: “Guarding Against Stroke – What You Should Know About Carotid Artery Disease.” National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Questions and Answers about Carotid Endarterectomy.” : "Carotid Stenting Versus Endarterectomy for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis." Stroke

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

SOURCES: American Heart Association: “Carotid Artery Stenosis.” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “Carotid Ultrasound.” JAMA: “Guarding Against Stroke – What You Should Know About Carotid Artery Disease.” National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Questions and Answers about Carotid Endarterectomy.” : "Carotid Stenting Versus Endarterectomy for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis." Stroke

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

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