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What You Should Know About Carotid Surgery

What You Should Know About Carotid SurgeryWhen you need carotid surgery, you may be afraid and not know what to expect. At Brookhaven Heart, we understand that having any sort of health problem can be scary. When you are facing the unexpected, it is best to educate yourself about the issue at hand and do everything you can to recover.  Our team of heart specialists is happy to provide you with the information and resources you need. Here is what you need to know about carotid surgery.  If you have any specific questions, contact us directly.

Why Do I Need Carotid Surgery?

The carotid artery is the main blood supplier to the brain. Plaque buildup in these vessels can lead to a stroke. Carotid surgery can help clear the carotid artery and prevent subsequent strokes from occurring. If you haven’t had a stroke, the risk of undergoing carotid surgery may not be worth the benefit in preventing a stroke. The best person to make that determination is your vascular specialist.

What Are the Risks of Carotid Surgery?

When you need to undergo carotid surgery, your doctor will discuss with you all the risks involved prior to the procedure. If you are over the age of 75, or have existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, heart failure, or have had a heart attack, you may have serious complications. It is important that you balance your risks and benefits with your specialists.

How to Prepare for Carotid Surgery

The best method to prepare for carotid surgery is to follow all pre-surgery instruction from your doctor. Communicate with your family and doctors throughout the process and ensure that you take all recommended medications. Don’t be afraid to let a medical professional know if you don’t feel right before or after the procedure.

For more information about carotid surgery, contact Brookhaven Heart. Call 631.654.3278 to make your appointment with our heart specialists.