What is carotid artery disease?
Carotid artery disease, also known as carotid artery stenosis or carotid stenosis, involves the narrowing of the carotid arteries, usually due to an accumulation of fatty deposits. The left and right carotid arteries supply the brain with blood and are located on either side of the neck. Narrowing of the carotid arteries can greatly increase the risk of stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) due to obstruction of blood flow to the brain. However, appropriate treatments are effective in reducing the risk of stroke or TIA occurring.
Treating carotid artery disease
Carotid artery stenosis can be treated either with surgery (carotid endarterectomy) or by stenting. Although less invasive, stenting carries a slightly higher risk of major complications, such as stroke, so surgery is more routinely performed. Surgery involves an incision in the neck where the carotid artery is, removing the plaque from inside the arteries and then repairing and closing the artery.
Carotid endarterectomy, like any operation, carries risks, so surgery is only undertaken if the benefits outweigh the risks of the operation. Dr Shakibaie has performed hundreds of surgical procedures on carotid arteries with excellent results and outcomes. He will advise you on the best management and course to take for your condition during your consultation with him.