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Endarterectomy for 50% or More Stenosis Without Symptoms

Endarterectomy for 50% or More Stenosis Without Symptoms

For some people, the benefits of endarterectomy may not outweigh the risks. This is the case for people who have 50% or more carotid stenosis (narrowing) but no symptoms. (Symptoms include a previous TIA or mild stroke.) The American Heart Association recommends treatment with medicine for people in this category. 1

Your doctor may recommend surgery only if you have moderate to severe narrowing and a low risk of complications from surgery.

Citations

  1. Biller J, et al. (1998). Guidelines for carotid endarterectomy: A statement for healthcare professionals from a special writing group of the Stroke Council, American Heart Association. Circulation, 97(5): 501–509. Also available online: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/97/5/501.full.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as of March 12, 2014

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