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 and most experienced teams of vascular surgeons in New York City. Our world-renowned surgeons are experts in procedures that correct and prevent carotid artery disease.
Surgical treatment using local anesthesia allows our team to better monitor the effects on the brain and respond to any issues as they occur. Using local anesthesia also avoids the risk of any aftereffects associated with general anesthesia.
Our doctors manage carotid artery disease with medication or surgery. Techniques used include carotid endarterectomy, balloon angioplasty with stenting, and transcarotid arterial revascularization. NYU Langone specialists may also recommend antiplatelet medications or lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of stroke due to carotid artery disease.