Having Carotid Artery Stenting
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Carotid artery stenting is a procedure to open up a narrowed carotid artery. Two carotid arteries on each side of the neck deliver blood to the brain. A stent is a tiny, metal mesh coil that props open the artery so that blood can flow freely. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a long thin tube called a catheter into an artery.