Although it may be performed on any artery, this procedure most commonly treats carotid artery disease (carotid endarterectomy). In an endarterectomy, the surgeon opens the artery and removes the blockage. This type of open surgery is best for short blockages.
**The skilled cardiologists at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital can diagnose and treat most heart conditions on site. Patients who need advanced diagnostic testing or heart surgery will be referred to MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, part of our MedStar family of providers, as appropriate.
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