|HCM City’s Thủ Đức District Hospital on Tuesday performed its first ever angioplasty to treat a narrowed carotid artery, and the 86-year-old patient is now recovering. — Photo Courtesy of Thủ Đức District Hospital|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — HCM City’s Thủ Đức District Hospital on Tuesday performed its first ever angioplasty on a narrowed carotid artery.
The patient, an 86-year-old man, was brought to the hospital with trouble speaking and numbness in the left side of the body.
Doctors at the neurology department diagnosed a narrowed carotid artery caused by blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
They decided to perform an angioplasty in which a balloon is used to widen a vessel before a stent is inserted to keep the artery open.
The procedure will reduce the risk of stroke for the patient and even fatality.
He is recovering and expected to be discharged in the next few days.
Dr Trần Nguyễn Khánh, deputy head of the neurology department, said a narrowed carotid artery is one of the causes of strokes. — VNS