Primary Prevention and Care for Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke in Augusta, Ga.
More than half of all strokes -- the number three killer of Americans and a leading cause of disability -- can be traced to carotid artery disease. Further, many patients with carotid artery disease also have coronary artery disease, as many of the risk factors are the same for both diseases.
Georgia Regents Medical Center operates a multidisciplinary Stroke Program that brings together expertise from the emergency department, our Neuroscience Center of Excellence, our Cardiopulmonary Center of Excellence, radiation, surgery, specially trained nurses, rehabilitation, nutrition, research and education. The program focuses on prevention, acute care management and secondary stroke prevention and offers the most advanced therapies, including:
- A full range of diagnostic tests. These include Doppler, carotid artery duplex scans to assess blood flow, and a 64-slice CT Scanner that can pinpoint blockages and negate the need for invasive angiograms
- Physicians who specialize in carotid artery disease and vascular surgery
- Access to all the physicians and resources of Georgia Regents Medical Center's Neuroscience Center of Excellence
- Carotid Endocardectomy. During this surgery to remove built-up plaque from the carotid artery, an incision is made on the side of the head with the blocked artery. The artery is opened, the plaque removed and the artery sutured back together, restoring normal blood flow to the brain.
- Newer minimally invasive Carotid Artery Angioplasty with Stenting (CAS). This procedure requires only a small incision in the groin. A special catheter with a tiny balloon on the tip is inserted into the carotid artery. Once the catheter is in place, the balloon is inflated to compress the plaque and make a larger opening for improved blood flow. A stent or tiny expandable metal coil may be inserted to keep it from closing.
- Embolic Prevention Devices. Inserted during CAS, these tiny devices catch any clots or small debris that might break loose during angioplasty.
- Rehabilitative physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Groundbreaking research and access to clinical trials
Schedule an online appointment now or call 706-721-CARE (2273) or 800-736-CARE (2273) to speak to a member of our CARE team.