Carotid Stenting and Birth Defects
Carotid Artery Stenting (CAS) is the procedure to open a narrowed carotid artery by placing a small, expandable tube called a stent in the narrowed artery. Stenting helps in opening up the artery and improving blood flow. It keeps the artery open after the balloon is removed and also prevents small pieces of plaque breaking off and causing a stroke. Assisted by imaging guidance, this procedure is offered at BLK Heart Centre, a state of the art fully-equipped cardiac care centre.
The Heart Team at BLK Heart Centre works in synergy to offer care for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Typically, serious congenital heart defects are seen soon after birth or during the initial months of life. The signs and symptoms includes rapid breathing, swelling in legs/abdomen and shortness of breath during feeding. Sometimes the less serious congenital heart defects may not be diagnosed until later, since the child may not have any noticeable signs. In older children the symptoms usually involve shortness of breath, tiredness, fainting and swelling in the hands, ankles or feet.