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Approximately one-fourth of all strokes are caused by carotid artery disease, a condition wherein one or both carotid arteries in the neck become blocked by plaque, which can break off and cause stroke. Traditional surgical treatment for carotid artery disease often involves general anesthesia and requires an incision in a patient's neck to remove plaque from inside the artery wall. Carotid artery stenting is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients who require intervention to prevent a stroke and are at high risk for complications from traditional surgery. The procedure is performed by delivering a stent on a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin. The catheter is maneuvered through the patient's vasculature to the carotid artery. The stent, which is designed to prevent arterial plaque and debris from breaking off and blocking blood flow to the brain, is then expanded at the site of the blockage.
Call for improved treatments of stroke

Call for improved treatments of stroke

Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing dementia

Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing dementia

Statins can significantly reduce the incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction

Statins can significantly reduce the incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction

Healthy habits and appropriate treatments help prevent stroke

Healthy habits and appropriate treatments help prevent stroke

Carotid stenting beneficial for patients with disease but no symptoms

Carotid stenting beneficial for patients with disease but no symptoms

Statins reduce the risk of stroke after carotid artery endarterectomy

Statins reduce the risk of stroke after carotid artery endarterectomy

Legs For Life free national screening program can save legs

Legs For Life free national screening program can save legs

The aging American population means that more people are at risk for stroke

The aging American population means that more people are at risk for stroke

Catheter delivered devices may be just as effective as drug therapy in treating strokes of unidentified origin

Catheter delivered devices may be just as effective as drug therapy in treating strokes of unidentified origin

National effort to detect life-threatening non-cardiac vascular diseases

National effort to detect life-threatening non-cardiac vascular diseases

FDA recommends approval of stenting to prevent stroke

FDA recommends approval of stenting to prevent stroke

Stenting for Stroke Prevention is More Effective Than Surgery in Keeping Blood Vessels Open

Stenting for Stroke Prevention is More Effective Than Surgery in Keeping Blood Vessels Open