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Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease is a form of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which effects the carotid arteries or blood vessels that carry blood to the head and brain. Like PAD, risk factors for carotid artery disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Narrowing (stenosis) of the carotid artery by plaque formation leads to decreased blood flow to the brain and places the patient at risk for transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or stroke. Symptoms such as arm, leg, or facial weakness, slurred speech, and sudden visual changes may be signs of TIA or stroke and should prompt an immediate visit to the emergency room.

Interventional Radiology Specialists, Inc. offers a minimally invasive treatment for patients with symptomatic carotid artery stenosis known as Carotid Artery Stenting (CAS). In this procedure, a small needle stick is made in the blood vessel in the groin to allow a small tube or catheter into the blood vessel. The catheter is navigated through the blood vessels and into the carotid artery in the neck. With use of a small safety net to catch any debris from the plaque, a stent is advanced through the catheter and opens the stenosis. The safety net is removed and the stent stays in place. Most patients stay overnight in the hospital and are discharged the next day.

Not all patients are candidates for CAS, and some patients require traditional open surgery. You and your doctors will determine the most appropriate treatment.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact us.