Cerebrovascular Occlusions Clinic
Advanced treatment for brain and neck artery blockages
At the Henry Ford Cerebrovascular Occlusion Clinics, our team approach puts you at the center of all we do. From evaluation through treatment, our fellowship-trained stroke neurologists work closely with other specialists to evaluate your needs and develop a treatment plan that’s just for you.
Arteries run throughout your body, delivering oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your brain and other vital organs and tissues. Anything that gets in the way of this delivery is known as an occlusion or blockage. Brain and neck blockages can be caused by a variety of issues, including blood clots, plaque buildup, or atherosclerosis, also known as a narrowing of the artery. Arterial blockages are serious and may result in permanent disability or death if left untreated.
Conditions we treat
In addition to stroke neurologists, our team includes interventional neurologists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists and nurse practitioners with advanced training in the management and treatment of:
- Recurrent stroke: After you’ve had an ischemic stroke, your risk for another blockage increases. We will evaluate the cause of your stroke and quickly treat any future blockages.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA): This temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain is commonly referred to as a mini-stroke. It can also serve as a warning that you’re at increased risk for a stroke. It’s estimated that about one third of the people who experience a TIA will experience a stroke.
- Total blockage of the internal carotid artery (ICA): The ICA is one of the major arteries in the neck that supplies blood to the brain. This type of neck blockage can increase your risk for developing other types of cerebrovascular disease
- Narrowing of brain and neck arteries: A narrowing, or stenosis, of one of these arteries can also increase your risk of having a stroke or developing cerebrovascular disease.
Advanced treatments for brain and neck blockages:
- Total endovascular reconstruction of the ICA: Chronic or reoccurring blockages of the internal carotid artery (ICA) has essentially been untreatable in the past. Patients have been managed with medication or other standard treatments. We have helped to pioneer an innovative, minimally invasive reconstruction procedure that immediately restores blood flow to the brain, reducing the risk of stroke. Henry Ford is the only team in Michigan, and one of few in the country, offering this advanced procedure.
- The latest medications: Blood thinner, cholesterol and blood pressure medications have been trusted treatments for many years. Our team is active in stroke and cerebrovascular research, including the latest medical therapies.
- Minimally invasive procedures: Our interventional specialists offer both standard and the latest minimally invasive approaches to open brain and neck blockages.
- Surgical bypass: Our neurosurgeons and neurocritical care specialists are experienced in the most advanced cerebrovascular bypass procedures, restoring blood flow while effectively managing the blood pressure issues that are common in these complex surgeries.
- Advanced facilities: Henry Ford Hospital is home to the first intraoperative MRI in the state of Michigan, as well as advanced bi-plane surgical suites that provide 3D imaging of blood vessels and tissues, CTA / CT perfusion imaging capability to assess cerebral blood flow, portable CT scanners and intraoperative video angiography.