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At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital doctors diagnose carotid artery disease using a non-invasive carotid Doppler and transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound exam. Specialized types of CT scan or MRI can also be used to visualize the arteries of the head and neck. Doctors treat the disease with antiplatelet medications and surgical treatments such as:

  • carotid endarterectomy: removal of the blockage through the neck
  • carotid artery angioplasty and stenting: opening the artery with a balloon and placement of a mesh tube in the artery to keep it open
  • bypass revascularization: rerouting the blood supply to bypass the obstruction

Aneurysms and AVMs can be surgically treated by:

  • blocking the abnormal vessels with "super glue" or tiny platinum coils to prevent bleeding
  • placing a clip over an aneurysm to prevent it from growing or rupturing
  • targeting AVMs with high-dose radiosurgery to close off the abnormal vessels

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