Carotid arteries can be found in the neck and play an important role in delivering blood to the brain. Like coronary arteries in the heart, the carotid arteries are also prone to the build-up of fat and cholesterol deposits. Over time, the build-up of plaque decreases blood flow to the brain, which can lead to a stroke.
Carotid artery stenting is an alternative to traditional, open surgery. For eligible patients, it’s a low-risk procedure that restores blood flow to the brain. Most patients are observed overnight and discharged the next morning – compared to a 3-4 day stay for open surgery.
Dr Sharpe is one of Australia’s most experienced cardiologists in carotid artery stenting, having performed over 300 cases.
He regularly lectures and performs live case demonstrations at specialist conferences, and hosts workshops for international specialists wishing to learn the latest techniques and “tricks”. Dr Sharpe is recognised by the three Specialist Colleges – the Royal Australasian Colleges of Surgeons, Radiologists and Physicians – for carotid artery stenting.
It must be appreciated that not all patients are suitable for carotid stenting and surgery can sometimes be a better and safer option.
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