Approximately 30% of strokes are caused by extracranial carotid atherosclerosis.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US. Every year over 500,000 new strokes are responsible for approximately 200,000 deaths in our country. Stroke survivors, currently around 4.4 million, create a significant impact in the resources of an already ailing Medicare system.

As with atherosclerosis in general, Carotid atherosclerosis is a chronic process that develops over many years and thrives on several well recognized risk factors such as diabetes, tobacco use, hypertension, abnormal lipid profiles and some rare genetic syndromes.

There is good news: Most risk factors for Atherosclerosis can be modified or controlled. Extracranial Carotid Atherosclerosis can be easily detected by Duplex Ultrasound at an accredited Vascular Laboratory. Carotid stenosis caused by Atherosclerosis can be repaired by our experienced Miami Vascular Specialists team.

Our Team Approach to Carotid Atherosclerosis:

We now have in place a regular formal conference dedicated only to patients with carotid atherosclerosis.

Left to right: Ignacio Rua, M.D., Howard E. Katzman, M.D., Libby Watch, M.D., Abilio A. Coello, M.D. and Athanassios I. Tsoukas, M.D.

Our team of experienced Interventional Radiologists, Neuroradiologists Cardiologists and Vascular Surgeons discuss all patients with carotid atherosclerosis and review their history, symptoms and images. The formal therapeutic decisions reflect the collective intelligence of all subspecialties with one goal in mind: Optimal patient results.

National trials (such as CREST 1 and CREST 2) have shown the quality of results that can be achieved by the meticulous team oriented pre-procedural evaluation of the patient. Team approach is what our physicians do best!!