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
Mitka M. Stenting for Stroke Prevention Debated. JAMA. 2004;291(13):1551-1552. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1551