Latest Carotid stenting Stories
WALTHAM, Mass., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, recent preliminary results from the CREST (Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial) will support growth in carotid stenting procedures of more than 10% over the next five years.
High surgical risk patients had very low stroke rate following carotid endarterectomy.
Two stroke-prevention procedures are safe and equally beneficial for men and women at risk for stroke, but the effectiveness does vary by age.
Loyola University Medical Center is among the hospitals that enrolled patients in a landmark trial that compared traditional surgery with less-invasive stenting to clear dangerously clogged carotid arteries.
Study highlights: -- Two ways to open narrowed neck arteries -- surgery or stenting -- proved similarly safe and effective overall.
Intensive medical therapy, including aggressive control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, for patients with asymptomatic plaque buildup in their carotid arteries (which supply blood to the brain) appears to be associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular events and reduced risk of microemboli (microscopic-sized blood clots) in the brain arteries.
Physicians should be comfortable referring some patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for effective stroke prevention surgery.
Increase in adverse outcomes coincides with expanded Medicare coverage of procedure.
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