Carotid Artery Disease
Your carotid arteries are the two large main blood vessels in your neck that supply blood to your brain. When these arteries become clogged with cholesterol (fatty deposits), they become dangerously narrow. If a blood clot occurs in the carotid arteries, then blood cannot reach the brain and this can result in a Stroke.
Family history of carotid disease or coronary artery disease (fatty plaque)
Overweight or obesity
High blood pressure