Carotid Artery Procedures
Carotid artery disease, which is narrowing or hardening of the arteries that carry blood to the brain and head, increases your risk for life-threatening strokes. At the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute, we use less invasive procedures to treat carotid artery disease and lower your stroke risk.
Carotid endarterectomy and other procedures at AHN
AHN cardiologists and vascular surgeons offer these carotid artery disease treatments:
- Medication management: Blood thinners, blood pressure medications, and cholesterol-lowering drugs can decrease your risk for stroke.
- Angioplasty with stenting: During this procedure, your physician threads a catheter (small, hollow tube) with a balloon on its tip through the femoral artery in the groin. Your physician inflates the balloon to widen the narrowed artery and places a permanent stent (small mesh coil) to keep the artery open. You may undergo this procedure if health problems or other factors make open surgery too risky.
- Carotid endarterectomy: Your physician surgically removes plaque, made up of cholesterol and fatty deposits, via an incision in the neck. Your physician also removes diseased portions of the carotid arteries.