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Carotid artery stenting is as effective as carotid endarterectomy, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1068 (Published 22 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1068
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Carotid artery stenting achieves a similarly low risk of death, stroke, and myocardial infarction (MI) to carotid endarterectomy in older patients with asymptomatic severe carotid stenosis, shows a randomised trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine that also showed similar rates of stroke and survival at five years.1

Carotid artery disease causes around 20% of strokes, and studies have shown that carotid endarterectomy can reduce the risk of stroke and death in people with severe carotid artery stenosis. Carotid artery stenting offers a …

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