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Carotid Artery

The major artery that supplies the brain with arterial blood. There are two; one on each side of the neck. A blockage of one can cause either temporary symptoms of a stroke or can be the cause of a permanent stroke effecting the side of the body opposite the carotid blockage, i.e. occlusion of the left carotid causes weakness or symptoms on the right side of the body and vice-versa).

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