Neck pain is not a common symptom of carotid artery disease, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's list of symptoms. Warning signs of the disease include a bruit, or a whooshing sound that a doctor can hear with a stethoscope, a transient ischemic attack or a stroke.
Carotid artery disease patients do not normally notice any symptoms in the disease's early stages, according to Mayo Clinic. Warning signs of a transient ischemic attack or stroke include sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body; a sudden, severe headache; sudden trouble speaking; or dizziness and loss of balance. Patients should call 911 or seek emergency medical attention right away if they experience any of these symptoms.