Variation of the Common Carotid Artery Diameter Related to Age

Patel, Ami, Scott Barton, Mary T. Bee, Crystal Kallabat, Kaylee Kromrei, and Martha Flores

In multi-campus, multi-year study we investigated the relationship of the size of the common carotid artery versus age of death. A significant and positive correlation was identified bilaterally in the diameter of the common carotid arteries in to age of death in human cadavers ranging from 24 to 101 years old (p=0.013). There has been an observed relationship between the occurrence and severity of strokes to the diameter of the common carotid artery of those affected. This correlation may offer an insight into circulatory-related procedures in the cervical region or may be indicative of a related genetic predisposition to a higher vascular flow.