TCAR stands for transcarotid artery revascularization. TCAR is a minimally invasive procedure to help treat those who have potentially life threatening plaque buildup within the carotid arteries (carotid artery disease). The TCAR procedure does its optimal best to protect the brain by temporarily reversing blood flow, which lowers the patient’s risk of suffering from a stroke.
Carotid artery disease can lead to stroke and is in fact one of the main causes of a stroke. Plaque builds up in the arteries, which blocks the oxygen flow to the brain.
Individuals who have carotid artery disease may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Mini stroke
- Temporary loss of vision
- Loss of feeling in the face or other limbs
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe headaches
- Issues speaking or understanding
An open surgery can be used to help treat carotid artery disease. However, this method of treatment can cause the patient to become a high risk for complications. That is why the TCAR procedure is a suitable, less invasive form of treatment that is clinically proven to reduce the risk of stroke in patients.