Carotid Stenting
 
 

Carotid Stenting

Carotid arteries are located on each side of the neck and bring necessary blood to the face and brain. A carotid artery can be partially or totally obstructed by fatty deposits called plaque. Obstructions in the carotid artery can cause stroke as sufficient amounts of blood cannot reach the brain. In carotid stenting, a catheter is placed into an artery and moved to the blockage in the neck by the use of X-rays. With the use of another catheter, a balloon expands the artery and restores proper blood flow to the brain. A stent, a mesh or wire tube, expands the balloon and keeps the artery open permanently.

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