Carotid angioplasty and carotid artery stenting are endovascular procedures that open clogged arteries to restore blood flow to the brain. They’re often performed to treat or prevent stroke.
What is a carotid angioplasty procedure?
A carotid angioplasty procedure involves the administration and inflation of a tiny balloon-like material within the congested area of the artery. By widening clogged arteries, a carotid angioplasty can help treat or prevent future stroke.
What is carotid artery stenting?
Stenting is the process of placing a stent. A stent is a tiny wire mesh tube made of medical-grade stainless steel or cobalt alloy metal. It props open an artery and is left there permanently. In the case of carotid artery stenting, a stent is deployed within the lumen of the carotid artery to treat narrowing of the carotid artery and decrease the risk of stroke.
Why is a carotid angioplasty performed?
Carotid angioplasty may be an optimal treatment for you if:
- You are experiencing a blockage of 70% or more
- You have had a stroke or have experienced symptoms of a stroke
- Traditional surgery may be too extensive for you
- You have received carotid surgery in the past and are experiencing new blockage
- The location of the blockage is too difficult to access for an endarterectomy