Stroke is a life-threatening medical event and one of the leading killers of American adults. Fortunately, there are medications and surgical procedures that can help to prevent these “brain attacks” from occurring, even in men and women with an increased risk.
At MountainView Hospital, our Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center is always available to provide the highest quality in medical treatment for those suffering from stroke. In addition to our craniotomy services, the stroke care experts at MountainView may recommend the following procedures for the prevention or treatment of deadly strokes:
- Carotid endarterectomy
In many men and women, the carotid arteries can become partially or fully obstructed with fatty plaques, increasing their risk for ischemic stroke. Carotid endarterectomy is a procedure performed to remove some of these plaques and to promote healthier circulation to the brain. This surgical procedure can be performed preemptively to prevent a stroke from occurring or after a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) to prevent recurrence.
- Carotid angioplasty and stenting
Like the carotid endarterectomy, the carotid angioplasty and stenting is used largely as a preventive surgical procedure. This approach, however, is less invasive. Carotid angioplasty is used to widen the narrowed carotid artery, after which a stent is placed to keep it open.
In many cases, a blood clot can travel into the brain and obstruct circulation to an area of brain tissue. Embolectomy can remove these blood clots through mechanical removal or by injecting clot-dissolving medicine directly to the site of the clot.
An American adult suffers from a stroke every 45 seconds. Do not be one of these men and women—do what you can to improve your health and avoid the complications of a stroke today. For more information about stroke prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, please call the experts at MountainView Hospital today at (702) 233-5474. Our nurses are able to answer your questions at any time of the day or night.