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Medical News and Perspectives
April 7, 2004

Stenting for Stroke Prevention Debated

JAMA. 2004;291(13):1551-1552. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1551

San Diego—A turf battle is being waged over the carotid artery.

Carotid endarterectomy, performed by vascular surgeons or neurosurgeons, is currently regarded as the gold standard for treating atherosclerotic stenosis that can lead to ischemic stroke. But those who perform carotid artery stenting—interventional cardiologists, interventional vascular medicine specialists, and interventional radiologists—say their procedure is ready to become the first-choice treatment.

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