Concerns about COVID-19 have prevented many patients from seeking treatment for other medical conditions, and this American Heart Month doctors are urging people to think about their heart health and possible risk for stroke.
Dr. Peter Soden, a vascular surgeon with Brown Surgical Associates, said it’s crucial that people seek treatment in a timely manner.
On 12 News Now at 4 on WPRI 12 Wednesday, Soden discussed a new procedure called TCAR, a minimally invasive surgery for high-risk patients who need carotid artery treatment.
Read more about carotid revascularization »
Signs of Stroke & Carotid Artery Disease
You should be screened for carotid artery disease if you have:
- Weakness, numbness, tingling, or paralysis of the arm, leg, or face on one side of your body
- Trouble swallowing
- Loss of eyesight or blurry eyesight in one eye
- Dizziness, confusion, fainting, or coma
- Unexplained slurred or garbled speech
If you experience the following signs of a stroke, remember to act FAST:
Time to Call 911