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NIH report on intracranial stent points out need for upcoming large-scale clinical trial
Date:2/14/2008

ound that warfarin (commonly known by the brand name Coumadin) and aspirin provided similar stroke protection, but aspirin was associated with a lower risk of hemorrhage and related complications.

The WASID study also found that a patient who recently had a stroke or TIA and suffered a cranial artery blockage of 70 percent or higher had a 22 percent chance of having another stroke within the first year, regardless of which medication was used. While the objective of the WASID trial was to compare the two drugs, results of the medication study provide a baseline against which other therapies can be compared.

We know that patients with 70 percent to 99 percent stenosis and TIA or stroke within the previous 30 days are at highest risk of having another stroke, Alexander said. These are the patients who have the most to gain from stenting and are the ones we will target for enrollment in the randomized trial of stenting versus medical therapy.


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