Real Patient Experiences
with Treating Carotid
Artery Disease

Real Patient
Experiences with
Treating Carotid
Artery Disease

Real Patient
Experiences with
Treating Carotid
Artery Disease

Donna Duran

A busy nurse manager discovers a blockage in her carotid arteries and takes us on her journey through different treatment options.
Donna is a busy nurse manager who one relaxing day at home, experiences a kaleidoscope-like visual experience in one eye that sets off a journey through multiple carotid artery treatment options. She received a carotid endarterectomy, open surgery, on one side, and TCAR on the other and shares her incredible story in this video.

Donna Duran

A busy nurse manager discovers a blockage in her carotid arteries and takes us on her journey through different treatment options.
Donna is a busy nurse manager who one relaxing day at home, experiences a kaleidoscope-like visual experience in one eye that sets off a journey through multiple carotid artery treatment options. She received a carotid endarterectomy, open surgery, on one side, and TCAR on the other and shares her incredible story in this video.

Dr. Wilson

Dr. Wilson shares his unique perspective
as both a surgeon and a patient

Dr. Wilson, a retired Surgeon, began experiencing stroke symptoms while on a phone call. He was rushed to the Emergency Room and diagnosed with carotid artery disease on both his left and his right side. He received a carotid endarterectomy, open surgery, on one side, and TCAR on the other. “This [TCAR] was an excellent experience for me. There was less discomfort. I was able to go home the next day,” says Dr. Wilson.

Watch Dr. Wilson’s story to see how he took action to treat his carotid artery disease and stop another stroke from happening.

Dr. Wilson

Dr. Wilson shares his unique perspective as both a surgeon
and a patient

Dr. Wilson, a retired Surgeon, began experiencing stroke symptoms while on a phone call. He was rushed to the Emergency Room and diagnosed with carotid artery disease on both his left and his right side. He received a carotid endarterectomy, open surgery, on one side, and TCAR on the other. “This [TCAR] was an excellent experience for me. There was less discomfort. I was able to go home the next day,” says Dr. Wilson.

Watch Dr. Wilson’s story to see how he took action to treat his carotid artery disease and stop another stroke from happening.

Jackie

“It’s a great feeling to be able
to enjoy life again”

Avid fisherman Jackie went to his eye doctor after experiencing fainting spells and blurry vision. They found his left carotid artery was clogged with disease-causing, fatty build up. After seeing a vascular specialist, he was diagnosed with carotid artery disease. Eager to get back on the water, Jackie decided to receive the TCAR procedure. “It’s a good feeling knowing you shouldn’t have any more problems going out there fishing, getting up and down in the boat.” he says.

Watch Jackie’s story to learn more about how he improved his quality of life by treating his carotid artery disease.

Jackie

“It’s a great feeling to be able
to enjoy life again”

Avid fisherman Jackie went to his eye doctor after experiencing fainting spells and blurry vision. They found his left carotid artery was clogged with disease-causing, fatty build up. After seeing a vascular specialist, he was diagnosed with carotid artery disease. Eager to get back on the water, Jackie decided to receive the TCAR procedure. “It’s a good feeling knowing you shouldn’t have any more problems going out there fishing, getting up and down in the boat.” he says.

Watch Jackie’s story to learn more about how he improved his quality of life by treating his carotid artery disease.

Lanny

“I choose not to be an old person – I’m happier that way.”

Lanny Evans is 71 years old, but you wouldn’t know it. She looks years younger and credits that to eating healthy and staying active – she loves swimming laps and doing yoga. On a Sunday in September, Evans panicked when she went temporarily blind in her right eye. Evans’ ophthalmologist told her she likely had a stroke from plaque build-up that caused this and he recommended she head to the emergency room and get a head and neck scan.
It turns out, one of her carotids was 75% blocked and she needed surgery. Evans chose to undergo a procedure called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR). “I feel really lucky,” Evans said. “My word of advice to others is to do something. Listen to your doctor and get anything out of the ordinary checked out. I’m sure glad I did.”

To read and learn more about the University of Kentucky Healthcare and Lanny, please visit: https://uknow.uky.edu/uk-healthcare/successful-carotid-artery-surgery-propels-patient-back-healthy-exercise-routine

Lanny

“I choose not to be an old person – I’m happier that way.”

Lanny Evans is 71 years old, but you wouldn’t know it. She looks years younger and credits that to eating healthy and staying active – she loves swimming laps and doing yoga. On a Sunday in September, Evans panicked when she went temporarily blind in her right eye. Evans’ ophthalmologist told her she likely had a stroke from plaque build-up that caused this and he recommended she head to the emergency room and get a head and neck scan.
It turns out, one of her carotids was 75% blocked and she needed surgery. Evans chose to undergo a procedure called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR). “I feel really lucky,” Evans said. “My word of advice to others is to do something. Listen to your doctor and get anything out of the ordinary checked out. I’m sure glad I did.”

To read and learn more about the University of Kentucky Healthcare and Lanny, please visit: https://uknow.uky.edu/uk-healthcare/successful-carotid-artery-surgery-propels-patient-back-healthy-exercise-routine

Bob

For years, Bob lived with a narrowed carotid artery, leading to many symptoms and a greater risk of stroke. An innovative procedure helped rid him of his condition.

Bob’s pastor first spotted he was struggling with his speech. An appointment with his cardiologist confirmed that one of Bob’s carotid arteries was significantly blocked. To relieve his specific condition, this artery would have to be stented—fitted with a tubular support to relieve the obstruction. Bob’s vascular surgeon decided to use advanced surgical technology—a device and procedure with the capability to reverse blood flow away from the brain while a stent is placed. “I had all the confidence in the world in this procedure. I haven’t noticed any speech symptoms, or other symptoms, since,” Bob said.

To read and learn more about Bob and McLaren Macomb Hospital, please visit: https://www.mclaren.org/macomb/blog/clearing-the-carotid-1210

Bob

For years, Bob lived with a narrowed carotid artery, leading to many symptoms and a greater risk of stroke. An innovative procedure helped rid him of his condition.

Bob’s pastor first spotted he was struggling with his speech. An appointment with his cardiologist confirmed that one of Bob’s carotid arteries was significantly blocked. To relieve his specific condition, this artery would have to be stented—fitted with a tubular support to relieve the obstruction. Bob’s vascular surgeon decided to use advanced surgical technology—a device and procedure with the capability to reverse blood flow away from the brain while a stent is placed. “I had all the confidence in the world in this procedure. I haven’t noticed any speech symptoms, or other symptoms, since,” Bob said.

To read and learn more about Bob and McLaren Macomb Hospital, please visit: https://www.mclaren.org/macomb/blog/clearing-the-carotid-1210

Bob K.

TCAR Procedure Restores Blood Flow for Stroke Survivor

After a night-time stroke caused slurring of his words and the left side of his face drooping, Bob’s son recognized the symptoms and called 9-1-1. His vascular surgeon discovered his carotid artery was nearly 80 percent blocked and inserted a stent to open the blocked carotid artery using the minimally invasive transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure. Now, with improved blood flow, he actively participates in his physical therapy exercises and is working towards the goal of becoming fully independent once again.

To read and learn more about Bob K. and PIMA Heart and Vascular, visit: https://www.pimaheartandvascular.com/2020/08/01/tcar-procedure-restores-blood-flow-for-stroke-survivor/

Bob K.

TCAR Procedure Restores Blood Flow for Stroke Survivor

After a night-time stroke caused slurring of his words and the left side of his face drooping, Bob’s son recognized the symptoms and called 9-1-1. His vascular surgeon discovered his carotid artery was nearly 80 percent blocked and inserted a stent to open the blocked carotid artery using the minimally invasive transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure. Now, with improved blood flow, he actively participates in his physical therapy exercises and is working towards the goal of becoming fully independent once again.

To read and learn more about Bob K. and PIMA Heart and Vascular, visit: https://www.pimaheartandvascular.com/2020/08/01/tcar-procedure-restores-blood-flow-for-stroke-survivor/

Louise

TCAR Procedure Offers New Options for Patients

Louise Craig, age 84, had the TCAR procedure in June 2020 after she had been diagnosed with carotid artery disease a few years before. “My doctor recommended a catheter procedure, but it didn’t work because they couldn’t reach the blockage,” she says. But when she switched doctors last year, her new doctor recommended she try again. “It seemed pretty straightforward, so I decided to do it.” She says everything went well, and she’s now feeling great and can’t even see the small scar. “I would absolutely recommend TCAR to anyone who needs this surgery,” Louise says. 

To read more about Louise Craig and Maine Line Health, visit page 10: https://www.mainlinehealth.org/-/media/files/pdf/specialties/womens/publications/whs-2021-spring.pdf?la=en

Louise

TCAR Procedure Offers New Options for Patients

Louise Craig, age 84, had the TCAR procedure in June 2020 after she had been diagnosed with carotid artery disease a few years before. “My doctor recommended a catheter procedure, but it didn’t work because they couldn’t reach the blockage,” she says. But when she switched doctors last year, her new doctor recommended she try again. “It seemed pretty straightforward, so I decided to do it.” She says everything went well, and she’s now feeling great and can’t even see the small scar. “I would absolutely recommend TCAR to anyone who needs this surgery,” Louise says. 

To read more about Louise Craig and Maine Line Health, visit page 10: https://www.mainlinehealth.org/-/media/files/pdf/specialties/womens/publications/whs-2021-spring.pdf?la=en