Staff Report

The Cottage Heart and Vascular Center will present a free Virtual Meet the Doctor event with Dr. Daniel B. Alfson, from 4 – 5p.m. on Monday, January 31, on preventing and treating carotid artery disease.

Carotid artery disease occurs when the main blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the brain are narrowed. This can often lead to stroke. Dr. Alfson will discuss causes and symptoms, strategies for prevention, and treatment. There will be time for questions after the presentation.

Dr. Alfson recently began clinical practice as a vascular and endovascular surgeon after completing his vascular surgery fellowship at Boston Medical Center and general surgery residency at Los Angeles County/USC. He brings his experience and innovation in technology for both open surgical and minimally invasive endovascular therapy for the treatment of carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, and venous thrombosis or insufficiency.

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About Cottage Health

The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 80,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,100 newborns. Cottage Health also offers Cottage Urgent Care Centers throughout the tri-counties, as well as 24-hour access to providers via Cottage Virtual Care, an online service for common conditions.