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What is Carotid Stenosis?

Carotid stenosis is a condition characterized by the narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries, the major blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. It typically occurs due to the buildup of plaque within the artery walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis. Carotid stenosis can restrict blood flow to the brain, increasing the risk of stroke. Symptoms may include transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or mini-strokes, as well as neurological deficits such as weakness, numbness, or difficulty speaking.

Why Dr. William Ares?

Dr. William Ares, a highly skilled neurosurgeon based in Chicago, IL, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of carotid stenosis. His expertise and compassionate care make him the ideal choice for patients seeking effective management of this condition.

Accurate Diagnosis: Dr. Ares utilizes advanced imaging techniques, such as carotid ultrasound, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and computed tomography angiography (CTA), to accurately diagnose and evaluate carotid stenosis. Accurate diagnosis is crucial for determining the most appropriate treatment plan.

Comprehensive Treatment Options: Dr. Ares offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for carotid stenosis, tailored to each patient's specific needs. Treatment may involve lifestyle modifications, medication management, or surgical interventions such as carotid endarterectomy or carotid artery stenting. Dr. Ares carefully evaluates each patient's case to determine the most suitable treatment approach to achieve optimal outcomes.

Advanced Techniques: Dr. Ares is skilled in utilizing advanced surgical techniques for the treatment of carotid stenosis. He combines state-of-the-art neuroimaging, minimally invasive procedures, and meticulous surgical planning to safely and effectively address the stenosis while minimizing the risk of complications.

Collaborative Approach: Dr. Ares believes in a collaborative approach to patient care. He works closely with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including vascular surgeons, cardiologists, and neurologists, to ensure comprehensive evaluation and optimal treatment outcomes for patients with carotid stenosis.

Patient-Centered Care: Dr. Ares is dedicated to providing patient-centered care, focusing on each individual's unique needs, concerns, and goals. He takes the time to thoroughly explain the condition, treatment options, and expected outcomes, ensuring that patients and their families are well-informed and actively involved in their healthcare decisions.

Advancing Care: Dr. Ares and his team at NorthShore are one of the two sites in Chicago enrolling in the CREST-2 study for the management of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis.  This study is evaluating the management of this common disease.  If you are interested in this research study you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Ares to discuss your availabilty.

If you are seeking expert care for carotid stenosis in Chicago, IL, Dr. William Ares offers exceptional neurological expertise, utilizing advanced techniques to accurately diagnose and effectively treat carotid stenosis, aiming to improve patients' outcomes and overall well-being.

Carotid Stenosis - Neurosurgeon in Chicago, IL

Carotid Stenosis


Narrowing of the carotid arteries supplying blood to the brain.


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