MedPage Today (1/31, Phend) reported, "For carotid stenosis, stenting and surgery are on par with each other for long-term stroke prevention in real-world practice, according to" a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers reported that "the case series of more than 2,200 patients showed composite rates of any periprocedural stroke or death and ipsilateral stroke at five years of 4.7% with stenting and 3.7% with endarterectomy (P=0.4)." Although "these results reflect outcomes of clinical selection for one procedure versus the other, selecting stents didn't appear to compromise long-term vessel patency or stroke-free survival," the investigators reported. HeartWire (1/31, O'Riordan) also covered the story.
POSTED BY STEVEN ALMANY, MD