Your carotid artery runs along both sides of your neck and carries blood to your brain. When one or both of these arteries narrow (a condition called stenosis) or get blocked, your brain may not get enough blood. You are then at risk of having a stroke or other medical problems.
Aurora’s advanced treatments for carotid artery disease focus on preventing disease from getting worse and reopening narrow or blocked arteries with:
Our extensive vascular team offers:
To improve the health of your carotid arteries and to lower your chance of having a stroke, your doctors will talk to you about the following treatment options, depending on your condition:
Several medications can thin your blood, so it is less likely to clot and block your carotid artery. They include:
Medical treatments typically include endovascular (inside the artery) treatments, such as carotid angioplasty and stenting. In these procedures, your doctor will attempt to widen any narrow spots in your artery during testing. You can often go home the same day you undergo your procedure.
The primary surgical treatment for treating carotid artery disease is carotid endarterectomy. During this procedure, your doctor makes an incision in your neck to remove plaque that has built up in your carotid artery.
The surgery takes about two hours. You will most likely have to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover.
Learn more about carotid endarterectomy.