Carotid Disease

Carotid surgery for stroke prevention is sometimes indicated for those patients recently experiencing symptoms related to a narrowed (‘stenosed’) internal carotid artery source. Symptoms that may suggest significant carotid disease include amaurosis fugax (transient loss of vision in one eye), ‘mini-stroke’ (also known as TIA or transient ischaemic attack) and non-disabling completed stroke (also known as CVA or cerebro-vascular accident).

 

Carotid Disease

 

The initial assessment and investigation of these patients is by an appropriate medical team e.g. Consultant Stroke Physician (NOT Vascular-Endovascular), with onward vascular referral in only those cases that are clinically appropriate for surgery. All patients should be advised regarding their lifestyle, risk factor modification and medical therapy. If surgical intervention is indicated, the required operation is a carotid endarterectomy.

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