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American Stroke Association Late-Breaking Science Report: Surgery, Stenting to Open Blocked Neck Arteries Similar in Safety, Efficacy, But Show Differences in Stroke, Heart Attack and Death Rates at Certain Ages
Date:2/26/2010

-- Stroke and death rates in the study were the lowest ever reported in a clinical trial, researchers said.

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The two major procedures for opening blocked neck arteries to restore blood flow to the brain proved similar in overall long-term safety and efficacy, but showed differences in stroke and heart attack in the weeks following the procedure, according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010.

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The Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy Versus Stenting Trial (CREST), funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke with supplemental funding by Abbott, is the largest randomized clinical trial comparing the surgical approach (carotid endarterectomy) to the non-surgical approach (carotid stenting) to prevent stroke among patients with and without symptoms. '/>"/>

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