Washington: A landmark trial has found that stents are as good as surgery for unclogging carotid arteries. Loyola University Medical Center is among the hospitals that enrolled patients in the landmark trial that compared traditional surgery with less-invasive stenting to clear dangerously clogged carotid arteries.
CREST followed 2,502 participants, who were randomly assigned to receive an endarterectomy or a stenting. The overall safety and efficacy of the two procedures was largely the same. However, there were more heart attacks in the surgical group and more strokes in the stenting group. "Both procedures are very safe and effective," said Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos, who performed endarterectomies in the trial. "Depending on a patient`s age and medical ondition, one procedure can have an advantage over the other. At Loyola, we offer both choices to patients." Bakhos is chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. ANI
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