Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
If you have a serious blockage in the Reference carotid arteries Opens New Window in your neck, you may need a Reference carotid endarterectomy. During this surgery, a surgeon removes Reference plaque Opens New Window buildup in the carotid arteries to reduce the risk of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.
The benefits and risks of this surgery must be carefully weighed, because the surgery itself may cause a stroke. Your need to have carotid endarterectomy depends on whether you have had a TIA or stroke and how much your carotid arteries have narrowed.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation