Carotid artery disease is a narrowing of one or both of the two main arteries in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. This condition is caused by atherosclerosis, the result of a buildup of plaque—a hard, waxy substance made of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other materials—in the arteries. This plaque buildup causes the carotid arteries to narrow, restricting blood flow to the brain and increasing the risk of stroke.
NYU Langone has one of the largest, highly trained, and experienced teams of vascular surgeons in New York City. When surgery is necessary, our world-renowned surgeons are experts in procedures that correct and prevent carotid artery disease.
Performing carotid endarterectomy or carotid artery stenting using local anesthesia allows our surgical team to better monitor the effects on the brain and to respond to any issues as they occur. Using local anesthesia also avoids the risk of any aftereffects associated with general anesthesia.
Our doctors treat carotid artery disease with carotid endarterectomy surgery and, sometimes, balloon angioplasty with stenting. They may also recommend antiplatelet medications or lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of having a stroke due to carotid artery disease.