Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease occurs when fat deposits clog the blood vessels that deliver blood to your brain and head (carotid arteries). The blockage increases your risk of stroke which occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts, causing the brain nerve cells to die. Once the brain cells die from a lack of oxygen, the part of the body that section of the brain controls is affected through paralysis, language, motor skills, or vision.
At the first sign of a stroke, call 911 as it's a medical emergency.
Using x-ray guidance, a catheter is inserted through a nick in the skin at the groin and advances through the femoral artery in the leg all the way to the tiny arteries in the brain where they place the clot-busting drug directly on the clot or to break up the clot mechanically.
Doctor Referral Required