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What is transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR)?

A minimally invasive procedure, transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) can clear blockages and open a narrowed carotid artery. For those with carotid artery disease and a higher risk of stroke, a St. Luke’s Health cardiologist will recommend this procedure. 

The TCAR procedure reduces the risk of stroke by temporarily reversing blood flow to prevent any bits of broken plaque from moving toward the brain. A surgical balloon and stent are then used to reopen the narrowed artery.

What are the benefits of TCAR?

  • Lowers the risk of stroke
  • Less scarring
  • Lower rates of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays

What are the risk factors for TCAR?

  • Stroke, heart attack, or death
  • Damage to your carotid artery or cranial nerve
  • Bleeding, bruising, or swelling at the access site in your neck

Who is a candidate for TCAR?

Qualifications for the TCAR procedure include:

Uncontrolled diabetes or severe pulmonary disease

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