Significant improvements have been made in the diagnosis of carotid artery disease and other vascular diseases in the past few years, and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has been at the forefront of those innovations. Substantial investments have been made to establish a sophisticated vascular laboratory, which offers the advanced tests, like the carotid duplex, for carotid artery disease.

One of the newest technologies is computerized tomography angiography (CTA), which offers a detailed three-dimensional image of blood vessels. It uses a special high-tech x-ray scanner to create clear images and the injection of contrast dye into a small IV to help visualize the blood vessels and the blood flow within them.

In addition to better diagnostics, the treatment of carotid artery disease has progressed. Our physicians have pioneered minimally invasive procedures to treat vascular disease. The procedures are known as "endovascular" procedures because they take place within the blood vessels and help patients avoid more complicated surgeries when possible.

If a patient suffers a stroke, they are in good hands at Inova. All five Inova hospitals have earned awards in the American Stroke Association's "Get With the Guidelines" program. In addition, all five Inova hospitals have been recognized with The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for stroke care, with Inova Alexandria Hospital also earning the designation of Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TCS). These awards recognize facilities that make exceptional efforts to meet the unique needs of stroke patients and foster better outcomes for stroke care.

Physicians who are experienced with carotid artery disease include neurologists, vascular surgeons, interventional neuro-radiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.