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Approximately one-fourth of all strokes are caused by carotid artery disease, a condition wherein one or both carotid arteries in the neck become blocked by plaque, which can break off and cause stroke. Traditional surgical treatment for carotid artery disease often involves general anesthesia and requires an incision in a patient's neck to remove plaque from inside the artery wall. Carotid artery stenting is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients who require intervention to prevent a stroke and are at high risk for complications from traditional surgery. The procedure is performed by delivering a stent on a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin. The catheter is maneuvered through the patient's vasculature to the carotid artery. The stent, which is designed to prevent arterial plaque and debris from breaking off and blocking blood flow to the brain, is then expanded at the site of the blockage.
New cerebral protection device prevents stroke during treatment to clear blocked carotid arteries

New cerebral protection device prevents stroke during treatment to clear blocked carotid arteries

Boston Scientific's Express LD Iliac Premounted Stent System for use in iliac arteries receives FDA approval

Boston Scientific's Express LD Iliac Premounted Stent System for use in iliac arteries receives FDA approval

MRG: Preliminary results from CREST will increase growth in carotid stenting procedures

MRG: Preliminary results from CREST will increase growth in carotid stenting procedures

FiberNet EPS has 97.5% success rate in patients undergoing CAS: EPIC study

FiberNet EPS has 97.5% success rate in patients undergoing CAS: EPIC study

Overall incidence of stroke, heart attack and death similar in carotid endarterectomy and stenting procedures

Overall incidence of stroke, heart attack and death similar in carotid endarterectomy and stenting procedures

Carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy equally safe and effective for people at risk for stroke

Carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy equally safe and effective for people at risk for stroke

New preventive screening packages for heart disease

New preventive screening packages for heart disease

Dual niacin-statin therapy improves blood cholesterol levels but does not diminish plaque buildup

Dual niacin-statin therapy improves blood cholesterol levels but does not diminish plaque buildup

Resources to help understand stroke and carotid artery disease

Resources to help understand stroke and carotid artery disease

Invatec receives approval to market Mo.Ma device

Invatec receives approval to market Mo.Ma device

Reverse Medical Corporation commences human use of its ReStore Microcatheter

Reverse Medical Corporation commences human use of its ReStore Microcatheter

FDA provides a conditional approval for Reverse Medical Corporation's ReStore Microcatheter IDE study

FDA provides a conditional approval for Reverse Medical Corporation's ReStore Microcatheter IDE study

Board-certified vascular surgeon joins VIVA

Board-certified vascular surgeon joins VIVA

Carotid endarterectomy provides better short-term results than carotid artery stenting in patients with carotid artery disease

Carotid endarterectomy provides better short-term results than carotid artery stenting in patients with carotid artery disease

FDA approves Boston Scientific's carotid artery stent

FDA approves Boston Scientific's carotid artery stent

Ultrasound imaging predicts heart attack risk

Ultrasound imaging predicts heart attack risk

Blood pressure response to daily stress provides clues for better hypertension treatment

Blood pressure response to daily stress provides clues for better hypertension treatment

Carotid stenting shows long-term benefit as alternative to surgery

Carotid stenting shows long-term benefit as alternative to surgery

Carotid endarterectomy versus carotid stenting for clogged neck arteries

Carotid endarterectomy versus carotid stenting for clogged neck arteries

Two carotid stenting trials show results comparable to AHA guidelines

Two carotid stenting trials show results comparable to AHA guidelines