One of the most common causes of stroke is carotid artery stenosis – narrowing of the main artery supplying oxygenated blood to the brain.
Stroke is a major cause of serious disability and premature death in the UK. One of the most common causes of stroke is carotid artery stenosis –narrowing of the main artery supplying oxygenated blood to the brain.
If debris or plaque from a diseased artery lining breaks off and travels in the arterial circulation, lodging in and temporarily blocking the narrowed vessels that supply the brain, a mini-stroke, or ‘transient ischaemic attack’ (TIA), may occur. However, if the event is permanent, and blood flow to the brain is restricted, a stroke can result.
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is an operation that resolves the narrowing of the carotid artery, and is performed via a short incision in the neck – where the carotid artery is found. It is the treatment of choice for patients with a significant carotid stenosis who have had a TIA or stroke as it best minimises risk of further TIA or stroke.
As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved in undergoing this treatment and the key risk of CEA is operative stroke.
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