What are the AHA/ASA recommendations for primary prevention in patients at risk for ischemic stroke from asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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For patients at risk for stroke from asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, the 2011 AHA/ASA primary prevention guidelines state that older studies that showed revascularization surgery as more beneficial than medical treatment may now be obsolete because of improvements in medical therapies. Therefore, individual patient comorbidities, life expectancy, and preferences should determine whether medical treatment alone or carotid revascularization is selected. [22]


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