Carotid stenosis is a disease that narrows the carotid arteries, the two large blood vessels that supply blood to your brain. This narrowing is usually caused by cholesterol and fatty deposits that build up as plaque inside the artery walls.
As with any type of arterial plaque buildup, carotid stenosis puts people at serious risk. In fact, carotid stenosis significantly increases your chance of stroke. Symptoms of this condition might not show up until a stroke occurs.
Family history and heredity play a role in whether you’re at risk for carotid stenosis. Other risk factors include:
Dr. Jeffrey Farkas and all the doctors at Interventional Neuro Associates are highly skilled in the specialties of diagnosing and treating vascular diseases, so they can recommend the most effective options for your condition. Options may begin with making major lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthier, and getting more exercise. You may also need to take medications for your high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
If the disease is more advanced, Dr. Farkas may recommend minimally invasive procedures to improve blood flow in your carotid arteries. These procedures may include carotid artery stenting, in which Dr. Farkas places stents, tiny tubes, in your arteries to improve blood flow and strengthen the artery walls. He places the stents by inserting a small catheter into an artery in your groin and guiding the stents up to your carotid arteries.
The stent is permanent, and the catheter is removed. He may also use a Mo.Ma. device during the placing of the stent.
The FDA-cleared Mo.Ma.™ device reduces arterial debris during the carotid artery stenting procedure. When Dr. Farkas or one of his colleagues is situating the stents, debris from inside your artery can break off and travel to your brain. To prevent this from happening, the Mo.Ma. device reduces the debris and collects any that may be released.
For a more detailed explanation about treatment options for carotid stenosis, risk factors, and benefits, call Interventional Neuro Associates or make an appointment online.