Carotid angioplasty is a type of endovascular surgery to reopen a blockage of the carotid artery in the neck.
Such blockages can cause a devastating stroke or increase the risk of stroke, because the carotid artery supplies the brain with much of its blood supply.
UPMC Neurosurgeons can also perform carotid angioplasty on blockages in the vertebral artery that threaten blood supply to the spinal cord.
In carotid angioplasty:
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