Carotid angioplasty treatment is a procedure that opens clogged arteries to prevent or treat stroke. The carotid arteries are located on each side of one's neck and are the main arteries supplying blood to one's brain. The procedure involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon where the carotid artery is clogged to widen the artery. Carotid angioplasty is mostly combined with a stenting treatment which involves the placement of a small metal coil called a stent in the clogged artery. The stent helps prop the artery open and decreases the chance of it narrowing again. Carotid angioplasty and stenting may be used when traditional carotid surgery isn't feasible or is too risky. Carotid angioplasty and stenting are an appropriate stroke treatment or stroke prevention option if one has a carotid artery with a seventy percent blockage or more, especially if one has had a stroke or stroke symptoms, and one is not in good enough health to undergo surgery. Cardiologists recommend it if one had a carotid endarterectomy and are experiencing new narrowing after surgery or the location of the narrowing (stenosis) is difficult to access with endarterectomy. In few cases, traditional carotid surgery or carotid endarterectomy may be advised to remove the buildup of plaques that is narrowing the artery. Carotid angioplasty is a nonsurgical procedure because it's less invasive than is surgery. One' body isn't cut open except for a very small cut in a blood vessel in one's groyne. General anaesthesia isn't needed, so one is awake during the procedure. One will receive fluids and medications to relax you through an intravenous (IV) catheter.
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