Stroke treatment: Procedures
To open a blocked artery
Angioplasty is a procedure that can open blocked arteries.
- A doctor inserts a long, narrow catheter into an artery in your groin.
- He or she guides the catheter to your blocked artery.
- The doctor inflates the small balloon on the end of the catheter, reopening the artery. He or she may put a stent (small tube) into the artery to keep it from getting blocked again.
This procedure cannot be done on a totally blocked carotid artery.
To open a clogged artery
Medicine is given directly into the clogged artery through a catheter.
To close an aneurysm (embolization)
Embolization is a procedure used to close off an aneurysm.
- A neuroradiologist inserts a long, narrow catheter to an artery in your groin and guides it to the aneurysm in your brain.
- The doctor threads small coils through the catheter into the aneurysm.
- These coils fill the aneurysm and help to prevent it from bleeding again.