At Glendale Adventist Medical Center, a unique mix of cardiologists, interventional neuroradiologists (INR)and vascular surgeons work together to provide an innovative and comprehensive program for diagnosing and treating neurovascular conditions, including stroke, aneurysm, arterio-venous malformation (AVM) and more.
Your carotid arteries are located on each side of your neck and extend from your aorta in your chest to the base of your skull. These arteries supply blood to your brain. Sometimes these arteries can become blocked with plaque, increasing your risk of stroke.
Carotid artery stenting is a procedure in which your vascular surgeon inserts a slender, metal-mesh tube, called a stent, which expands inside your carotid artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque. This is similar to the more common heart stents that patients receive with angioplasty, but it is performed in the carotid artery.
Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection Repair
Our specialists offer minimally invasive aortic aneurysm or dissection repair. An aortic aneurysm occurs when a section of the vessel becomes weakened, creating a bulge at the weak spot (for more detailed information, see abdominal aortic aneurysm or thoracic aortic aneurysm). If the pressure continues, the aneurysm can rupture, or dissect, causing internal bleeding. This condition can cause serious damage and be fatal if left untreated.
Our specialists were the first in the area to offer thoracic stenting as a treatment option for an aortic aneurysm. This minimally invasive procedure uses stents to allow blood to flow through the aorta without putting pressure on the damaged area.
Minimally Invasive Cerebral Vascular Procedures
- Aneurysm Coiling - This minimally invasive procedure works by packing tiny coils into the aneurysm. These special coils block the blood flow into the aneurysm.
- AVM Embolization - In this procedure, a small catheter is passed through the groin all the way up into the blood vessels supplying the AVM. A physician specialist then injects a special liquid adhesive into the AVM in order to block it off (AVMs are caused by defects of the circulatory system).
For a referral to one of Glendale Adventist's neurovascular specialists, call (818) 409-8100, or return to the Heart & Vascular homepage.