Harvard Heart Letter

Treating narrowed arteries in the neck

The buildup of plaque deposits in the carotid arteries of the neck can block blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke. The arteries can be unclogged either with an operation called carotid endarterectomy or angioplasty plus placement of a stent. Both procedures are safe and effective when performed on a good candidate by an experienced doctor. For people who can’t have surgery, drug treatment is a good option for preventing stroke.
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