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Stenting in neck artery has stroke risk for elderly patients

September 17, 2010
Using a stent to reopen a blocked neck artery is riskier than surgery to solve the problem in patients who are age 70 and older, according to a UK study.

However, younger patients do not have the same risks when a stent is used to open the carotid arteries, located on each side of the neck that are a major blood supplier to the brain.

Previous studies have shown that treating carotid stenosis with stenting increased the risk of stroke and the latest research determines that the risks are age-related.

"In contrast, in patients younger than 70, the risk of stroke or death associated with stenting was half that of older patients and was very similar to the risk of surgical carotid endarterectomy. In younger patients, stenting might be a suitable alternative to carotid surgery," said Dr. Martin Brown, a professor of stroke medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Institute of Neurology at the University College London in the UK.

The study has been published online in The Lancet.

The North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, has been certified for disease-specific care for stroke from the Joint Commission. It was the first hospital in the North Shore-LIJ Health System to receive the certification.
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