Thousands of Americans suffer a stroke each year, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is compromised. In many cases, the culprit is carotid artery disease. The carotid arteries travel to the brain directly from the main artery connected to your heart. When plaque accumulates in them, the carotid arteries can narrow, affecting blood blow to the brain. If a piece of plaque breaks off, it can make its way to the brain and cause a stroke.
Transcarotid Artery Revascularization, or TCAR, is a newer, minimally invasive procedure developed to treat carotid artery disease and prevent stroke. It requires a smaller incision than previous forms of treatment.
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