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Carotid Artery Problems: Surgery for TIAs - VHL HealthSheet #83086_VA
The carotid artery is a blood vessel in your neck. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is when narrowing in this artery blocks blood to your brain for a short time. It is caused by a substance called plaque that has built up in your artery. A TIA does not cause permanent damage to the brain. Symptoms go away within 24 hours.
Carotid Angiography - VHL HealthSheet #82918_VA
Carotid angiography is a type of X-ray test used to view the carotid arteries.
Having Carotid Endarterectomy - VHL HealthSheet #83088_VA
Endarterectomy is the removal of plaque from the carotid artery through an incision in the neck. This surgery has a low risk of stroke or complication (1% to 3%). It typically involves a quick recovery with little pain.
Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) - VHL HealthSheet #85503_VA
Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is an imaging test. It uses X-rays and computer technology to make detailed pictures of your arteries.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) - VHL HealthSheet #85515_VA
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is an imaging test. It uses MRI to create images of blood vessels throughout your body.
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