ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dudley Sue Bock, 75, received the shocking news last July that she had a 70 percent blockage in one of the two arteries that provide blood to her brain.
In October, Bock became one of the first patients in the Southwestern U.S. to undergo a new stenting procedure at New Mexico Heart Institute that restored blood flow through carotid artery on the right side of her neck.
The procedure, called Transcarotid Artery Revascularization, or TCAR, is intended to lower the risk of stroke or heart attack, particularly in older patients, while patients are on the operating table, Heart Institute surgeons said.
“The question here is, is there any way to limit that stress on the heart, but keep the procedure as safe and effective” as conventional surgery, said Dr. Steve Henao, the Heart Institute’s chief of vascular surgery.
The Heart Institute is one of about 40 medical centers worldwide participating in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of TCAR, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015 for use in patients at high risk of stroke.
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Via: Albuquerque Journal