For a long time, Marie was experiencing a “whooshing” sound in her head.
“Like air escaping,” she says. It gradually progressed to the point where she briefly lost vision in her left eye. “…At that point I went to the emergency room at Northside Hospital.”
She was diagnosed with a mini stroke. “The tests indicated that I suffered two TIAs (mini strokes) and that I had blockages in excess of 90% in both carotid arteries.” Marie was quickly treated to help prevent a major stroke.
Northside Vascular Surgery's Dr. Siddharth Patel was with Marie every step of the way. Explaining in detail the options and risks with the surgery he recommended, T-CAR. “He was reassuring and to my mind this was the best course of action,” explains Marie.
After a successful procedure Marie felt relieved. “My experience was excellent; Dr. Patel and his staff were very attentive and reassuring.”
A word of advice from Marie: “do no ignore a ‘whooshing’ sound in your head…the loss of sight, tiredness or dizziness.”