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Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke

Description of Clinical Program
Patients with poor circulation usually have diseased arteries all over their body. The arteries usually affected are in the legs, heart and neck. Hardening of the arteries (Atherosclerosis) affecting the vessels in the neck can lead to strokes. Through the vascular disease center patients with carotid artery disease and stroke are treated by a team of surgeons dedicated to stroke prevention. UCLA Medical Center has a stroke center and numerous medications for the prompt treatment of patients with acute strokes. We also have a certified vascular laboratory for the non-invasive assessment of the carotid arteries.

Care for patients with carotid artery disease is coordinated with the UCLA Stroke Center. Depending upon the narrowing of the carotid artery, intervention may be recommended even in patients who have not yet had a stroke. The standard proven form of treatment for this problem is carotid endarterectomy to remove the plaque.

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