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How Carotid Endarterectomy May Reduce Stroke Risk

Post on 24/07/16

Plaque build-up in the major neck arteries can increase stroke risk. But surgery to reduce this narrowing may help prevent another stroke. In a carotid endarterectomy procedure, a skin incision is made across the side of the neck, and deepened to reach the carotid artery, its branches and the accompanying internal jugular vein. Care is taken to preserve the nerves in vicinity. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you could be a candidate for carotid endarterectomy:

  1. Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg; especially if this is on one side of the body. 
  2. Sudden transient blindness of one eye (amaurosis fugax) 
  3. Sudden difficulty talking or understanding speech 
  4. These symptoms may last for days, weeks or months. When they disappear completely within 24 hours or less, they are called transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) or mini-strokes.

Learn more from SingHealth about carotid endarterectomy by clicking here.

You can also watch this video on how a carotid endarterectomy works:

Source: Covenant Health YouTube video

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