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Carotid Artery Stent Placement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a carotid artery stent placement?

A carotid artery stent placement is a procedure to widen a narrowed carotid artery. The carotid arteries are 2 large blood vessels on each side of your neck. They carry blood and oxygen from your heart to your brain. A stent is a wire mesh tube that helps hold your carotid artery open.

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How do I prepare for a carotid artery stent placement?

What will happen during a carotid artery stent placement?

What will happen after a carotid artery stent placement?

What are the risks of a carotid artery stent placement?

You may bleed more than usual or get an infection. You may have bruising or pain where the catheter was. You may need surgery to repair damages from the catheter to your blood vessels or stop bleeding. You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. You could have a heart attack or stroke during or after the procedure. You may have an irregular heartbeat during the procedure. The contrast liquid may cause kidney damage or an allergic reaction.

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