Stenting may soon join the treatment arsenal available to patients needing correction of severe carotid artery stenosis to minimize stroke risk. Whether it should be available remains a question.
At the February meeting of the American Stroke Association in San Antonio, Tex, researchers presented data gathered from the United States and Canada showing that carotid artery stenting was basically as safe and effective in preventing stroke, myocardial infarction, or death as carotid endarterectomy, the gold standard for treating severe carotid artery stenosis. The findings come from the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy vs Stenting Trial (CREST), sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Additional funding was provided by Abbott Laboratories, maker of the stent used in the study.
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