A minimally invasive procedure, transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) can clear blockages and open a narrowed carotid artery. For those with carotid artery disease and a higher risk of stroke, a St. Joseph Health cardiologist will recommend this procedure.
The TCAR procedure reduces the risk of stroke by temporarily reversing blood flow to prevent any bits of broken plaque from moving toward the brain. A surgical balloon and stent are then used to reopen the narrowed artery.
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