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Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Other Treatment

Carotid artery stenting (also called carotid angioplasty and stenting) is sometimes done as an alternative to surgery to prevent a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.

In this procedure, a doctor threads a thin tube called a catheter through an artery in the groin and up to the carotid artery in your neck. The doctor then uses a tiny balloon to enlarge the narrowed portion of the artery and places a stent to keep the artery open.

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Carotid artery stenting is not as common as carotid endarterectomy, a type of surgery.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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