A carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke.
An ischaemic stroke or “brain attack” may occur when major arteries in the neck (carotid arteries) are narrowed by fatty deposits (plaques).
The narrowing of the carotid arteries can damage the brain when blood flow is reduced or when fatty deposits break off and block arteries in the brain or eye.
CEA is recommended if there is severe narrowing in the carotid artery with or without the following symptoms:
Tests to confirm the degree of blockage of the major arteries in the neck will be ordered.
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