There are important differences in the two procedures – and in outcomes, as recent research has shown. Here’s what you need to know.
If you have carotid artery disease, a big decision centers around when to intervene and how. Symptoms (or lack of symptoms) are one factor that help doctors determine if you need surgery or not.
If physicians find that you need a procedure to restore circulation to your carotid artery, here’s what you need to know. There are two options that are currently available: 1) carotid endarterectomy, which involves work directly on the carotid artery and 2) carotid stenting, an alternative for those who may not tolerate a carotid endarterectomy. … Read More
While most of us have heard that clogged arteries in the heart can lead to a heart attack, many people are unaware that a similar buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain can ultimately result in a stroke. This accumulation of cholesterol plaque is called atherosclerosis and when it builds up in … Read More
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The carotid arteries are the two big vessels that go up either side of the neck. Their main function is to carry blood to the brain. Just like the arteries in your arms and legs, these can get narrowed and blocked. This is called carotid artery disease. In this condition, a mixture of fatty substances … Read More