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The carotid arteries are the major blood vessels on either side of the neck suppling blood to the brain. If these arteries narrow (carotid artery stenosis) or become blocked with plaque, blood clots can form and cause stoke. A carotid endarterectomy is a life-saving surgery to remove the buildup in the artery. This procedure can restore blood flow to the brain and prevent mini-strokes. An appointment with a cardiovascular surgeon requires a referral from your cardiologist or primary care provider.

How it works:

  1. You will be placed under anesthesia and your doctor will make an incision near the artery.
  2. Your doctor will place clamps above and below the blocked section of the artery.
  3. A temporary tube will maintain blood flow while your doctor opens the carotid artery and cleans out the plaque.
  4. Your doctor will sew the artery back together and remove the clamps.
  5. The clear vessel will improve blood flow to your brain and reduce your risk of stroke.
  6. Your Heart Team will closely monitor and partner with you to create a custom plan for recovery and rehabilitation.