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Treatments for Carotid Artery Disease 

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How your carotid artery disease is treated depends on how severely the artery (one or both) is blocked. Carotid artery disease is caused by plaque buildup, just like heart disease or peripheral vascular disease. Treatment is essential, since the carotid arteries carry blood to your brain. 

Find out more about treatments for carotid artery disease and let us know any questions you have about how to protect your carotid artery health. You can contact our vascular experts or ask your primary care doctor for a referral if you have concerns.

Treatments We Provide

  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (Angioplasty/Stent Placement)

    An angioplasty is a less invasive procedure that opens a clogged artery with a small balloon. This can be done through the wrist (radial) or the groin (femoral) artery. Typically this procedure includes the placement of stents.

  • Carotid Endarectomy

    This surgery removes plaque and clots from the carotid arteries.

  • Stent Placement

    A small mesh tube is surgically placed in the blood vessel or artery to keep it open for blood flow. Some stents are embedded with drugs to offer further protection against clogging. Some heart conditions call for the use of bare metal stents.

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Spectrum Health offers the area’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program for patients who have recently experienced a major cardiovascular episode or treatment.