For specific treatment, see
Medicine may be prescribed for:
High blood pressure
- Cholesterol problem
Surgery to remove the plaque from the carotid (neck) arteries may be needed, especially if more than 70% of the carotid artery is blocked. The procedure is called
Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States. About 25% of people who have a stroke die from the stroke itself or complications. About half have long-term problems.
However, 25% of people who have a stroke recover most or all of their function.
Calling your health care provider
Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if symptoms occur.