March 27, 2019
Patients with this disease suffer from hardened arteries, which causes the formation of plaque within the arteries.
McGee will study the plaques found in the carotid and femoral arteries. Carotid arteries are those found on the left and right side of the neck, while femoral arteries are found in the thighs. Plaques can be found in both types of these blood vessels.
To complete this research project, his goal is to collect 30 arteries from Live On Nebraska for observation.
He will collect 120 plaque samples from patients with atherosclerosis who have undergone surgery to remove the plaque from their carotid artery, which can cause a mini- or major stroke if the arteries rupture.
Of the 120 samples, 60 will come from patients who are asymptomatic — patients who never had a stroke or temporary blindness but did see medical professionals for fatigue, high blood pressure, or patients who needed plaque removed.