Your doctor may recommend carotid endarterectomy (CEA) if you have carotid artery disease. CEA can help prevent strokes in people who have this condition.
CEA is most helpful for people who have carotid artery disease and one or more of the following:
Other Treatments for Carotid Artery Disease
Antiplatelet medicines, such as aspirin and clopidogrel, also are used to treat people who have carotid artery disease. These medicines help reduce blood clotting and lower the risk of stroke.
A medical procedure called carotid angioplasty may be used to open blocked carotid arteries instead of CEA. For this procedure, a thin tube with a balloon on the end is threaded to the narrowed or blocked artery.
Once in place, the balloon is inflated to push the plaque outward against the wall of the artery. Usually, the doctor then places a small metal stent in the artery to reduce the risk that it will become blocked again.
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