Neurovascular Procedures

Illustration of brainAt Glendale Adventist Medical Center, a unique mix of cardiologists, interventional neuroradiologists (INR) and vascular surgeons work together to provide an innovative and comprehensive program for diagnosing and treating neurovascular conditions, including stroke, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and more. Procedures performed at GAMC include the following.

Carotid Stenting

Your carotid arteries are located on each side of your neck and extend from your aorta in your chest to the base of your skull. These arteries supply blood to your brain. Sometimes these arteries can become blocked with plaque, increasing your risk of stroke.

Carotid artery stenting is a procedure in which your vascular surgeon inserts a slender, metal-mesh tube, called a stent, which expands inside your carotid artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque. This is similar to the more common heart stents that patients receive with angioplasty, but it is performed in the carotid artery.

Minimally Invasive Cerebral Vascular Procedures

  • Aneurysm coiling - This minimally invasive procedure works by packing tiny coils into the aneurysm. These special coils block the blood flow into the aneurysm, causing it to shrink and die.
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) embolization - In this procedure, a small catheter is passed through the groin all the way up into the blood vessels supplying the AVM (caused by defects of the circulatory system). A physician specialist then injects a special liquid adhesive into the AVM in order to block off its blood supply.

For a referral to one of GAMC's neurovascular specialists, call (818) 409-8100.