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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

Researchers randomized 2,502 patients35 percent were female and 9 percent minorities — to receive either endarterectomy or stenting at more than 100 North American hospitals.  More than 80 percent of the participants had an artery blockage greater than 70 percent.

"It was not a healthy group with regard to risk for stroke, but we believe the group is very representative of patients with severe carotid artery disease," Brott said.

In addition, researchers found that symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, and males and females, had similar outcomes in the surgical and stenting groups.

"These were the lowest rates ever reported" in a randomized clinical trial comparing these procedures, Brott said.  

CREST patients who suffered a heart attack reported a better quality of life after recovery than patients who suffered a stroke.


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