Carotid Angioplasty

Carotid Angioplasty

If you're facing the challenges of carotid artery disease and seeking insights into potential treatment options, understanding carotid angioplasty can provide valuable guidance. On this page, we’ll provide a brief introduction to this lifesaving procedure. If you have specific questions or concerns, or if you’d like to see a licensed cardiologist, then call Capitol Cardiology Associates to schedule a convenient appointment. Continue reading to learn more about carotid angioplasty.

What is Carotid Angioplasty?

Carotid angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to address carotid artery disease, a condition marked by the narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries in the neck. These arteries play a crucial role in supplying blood to the brain. 
During the procedure, the physician uses a specialized catheter to access the narrowed or blocked segment of the artery, and a balloon is inflated to widen the artery and restore proper blood flow.

Why Doctors Recommend Carotid Angioplasty

There are a number of treatment options available, and heart doctors may recommend carotid angioplasty for a few reasons:

  • Minimally Invasive: Compared to traditional surgery, carotid angioplasty involves smaller incisions and typically has a quicker recovery time.
  • Reduced Stroke Risk: By restoring blood flow in the carotid artery, the procedure helps reduce the risk of stroke caused by blocked or narrowed arteries.
  • Local Anesthesia: Many patients undergo carotid angioplasty under local anesthesia, minimizing the risks associated with general anesthesia.
  • Potential Alternative to Surgery: For patients who may not be suitable candidates for surgery, such as those with multiple health concerns, carotid angioplasty offers a viable alternative.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Carotid angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that typically involves local anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia. Still, it is normal for patients to have questions and concerns about expectations. Here’s some of what is involved:

  • Preparation: You will receive instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including fasting before the intervention.
  • Anesthesia: In most cases, carotid angioplasty is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort during the procedure.
  • Catheter Insertion: A thin catheter is inserted into an artery, usually in the groin area, and guided to the site of the blockage in the carotid artery.
  • Balloon Inflation: Once the catheter reaches the target area, a balloon attached to the catheter is inflated to widen the narrowed artery and improve blood flow.
  • Stent Placement (if needed): In some cases, a stent may be placed in the artery to help keep it open after the balloon angioplasty.
Carotid Angioplasty
Carotid Angioplasty

Post-Procedural Recovery and Lifestyle Adjustments

Following carotid angioplasty, you will be monitored closely for a period to ensure there are no complications. We may prescribe medications to prevent blood clots, manage blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. 
Lifestyle adjustments, such as adopting a heart-healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, quitting smoking, and managing stress, are also crucial for long-term vascular health. Your physician at Capitol Cardiology Associates will provide detailed instructions and keep in touch throughout the post-procedural period. You are always welcomed to call Capitol Cardiology Associates to consult with a member of our team or schedule an appointment.

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