When most individuals hear the words “carotid endarterectomy,” they have no idea what the words mean. But if a doctor tells you that you’re a candidate for this procedure, then it is time to learn. To help individuals understand carotid disease and navigate the treatment options, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Treatment Choices for Carotid Artery Disease.
This program is for individuals who have been told by their doctor that they are a candidate for carotid surgery, also known as a carotid endarterectomy. The program discusses carotid artery disease, medications and surgery, and then compares the benefits and risks of these options. It also describes a newer treatment option, carotid stenting. The program contains perspectives from a neurologist and real patients who chose different approaches to treat their carotid artery disease.
This program was developed with our production partner, Health Dialog. It is available as a booklet and a web-based program (Health Crossroads®) for Health Dialog members.