Mini-strokes (transient ischaemic attacks) are often due to a build-up of fatty plaque in the carotid arteries in the neck, which then send off showers into the brain, blocking smaller arteries there.
Patients who have had a mini-stroke (a stroke lasting less than 24 hours, with full recovery) are those who benefit most from treatment.
At the Vein and Artery Clinics, we offer two of the most effective treatments to mini-stroke patients. The first, carotid endarterectomy, which involves clearing out all of the fatty plaque in the carotid artery, has an excellent track record at preventing the possibility of future strokes. The second, stenting the carotid artery, which involves placing a small stent inside the artery to reinforce and widen it, is also highly effective and can be done under local anaesthetic, meaning you can leave hospital the very next day.