Carotid Artery Disease
Narrowing of this blood vessel in the neck is a major cause of stroke. We perform carotid endarterectomy and stenting to repair blockages of the carotid artery. Endarterectomy to strip atheromatous plaque from the carotid vessels has been shown to reduce the two-year risk of stroke by 80 percent for patients who have severe stenosis of 70-99 percent. For patients who may not be candidates for endarterectomy, angioplasty and stent placement provides a minimally invasive alternative. This procedure is performed using a removable umbrella shaped filter device to avoid plaque particles from embolizing to the brain.