“I was standing in front of the refrigerator, and my right arm wouldn’t move. I realized something was very wrong,” Nemeth said.
The Sadorus man needed a procedure to help clear his carotid artery, which was 90 percent blocked. Because of previous radiation treatments to his neck, traditional surgery could have been risky.
Thankfully, surgeons at Carle Heart & Vascular Institute perform a minimally invasive procedure to reach the carotid artery through a small incision in the clavicle. Carle is the only Illinois hospital outside the Chicago and St. Louis areas to offer TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR).
“This is the future,” said Carle vascular surgeon Brian Beeman, MD. “TCAR is a much safer option for patients who are at high risk for traditional surgery, including patients with congestive heart failure and recent heart attack.”
Read More: https://newsroom.carle.org/quality-innovation/stroke-prevention-procedure-serves-as-option-for-high-risk-patients.htm