Joe Wright of Wytheville went to his ophthalmologist with a case of pink eye. What Joe, 83, came away with was, in his own words, “a pretty big shock.”
Joe’s eye doctor had discovered a retinal hemorrhage and suspected a blocked artery, referring Joe for further testing. “I didn’t realize eye trouble could mean my artery was blocked,“ Joe remembers. Testing, however, revealed a left carotid artery that was almost 100 percent blocked.
Joe, as it turned out, was a perfect candidate for a less invasive type of surgery called transcarotid artery revascularization, or TCAR. It’s a procedure doctors at Carilion Clinic’s Aortic Center were among the first in the country to perform. Carilion Roanoke Memorial is a TCAR Center of Excellence, boasting one of only a few board-certified vascular surgeons with fellowship training in vascular interventional radiology in the U.S.
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Via: Carilion Clinic