These procedures address carotid artery stenosis, which is the narrowing of the arteries. This is sometimes called carotid artery disease. The symptoms of this disease include inflammation, stroke, and arterial sounds. Many patients do not know they have the condition until they experience a stroke. The symptoms that often send patients to the doctor or hospital include a sudden loss of vision or blurred vision, weakness or tingling on one side of the face or body, sudden difficulty in walking or speaking, or problems with memory and confusion.
This procedure involves the removal of plaque build up on the inside on the carotid arteries. It is performed with general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision near the blockage to access the artery, isolates the artery and surgically removes the plaque. When the artery is cleared, he will close the artery, allowing improved blood flow to the brain and other body parts.
Carotid artery stenting is a less invasive procedure to improve the blood flow disruption caused by carotid artery disease. Stenting is delivered via catheterization, wherein a small incision is made in the groin of the patient and the catheter is fed to the blockage. Once in place, a small balloon is inflated inside the artery for a few seconds to open it up, the the stent is placed to reinforce the arterial walls and hold the artery open, improving blood flow. A stent is a small mesh tube that acts like scaffolding inside the artery.
In order to reduce the risk of developing carotid artery disease patients should engage in the following practices and behaviors.
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