Stents to Increase Risk of Stroke within the Elderly
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A study from the Hellenic Red Cross Hospital in Athens, Greece finds that carotid artery stenting (CAS) is linked to an increased rate of stroke in elderly patients.
Dr. George A. Antoniou, M.D., Ph.D. along with researchers conducted 44 studies in 512,685 carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and 75,201 carotid artery stenting operations. Their results showed that carotid endarterectomy is identified with an increased risk of fatality in elderly patients, and carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy increased the risk of heart attacks in older patients.
“The results of the present analysis suggest that careful consideration of a constellation of clinical and anatomic factors is required before an appropriate treatment of carotid disease in elderly patients is selected,” researchers were quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: JAMA Surgery, October 2013
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