from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical excision of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerotic buildup.
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- n. The surgical procedure to remove plaque from an artery.
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- n. surgical removal of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerosis
The surgery, known as carotid endarterectomy, is sometimes suggested for patients whose carotid arteries have narrowed by 60% to 90%, even in the absence of pre-stroke symptoms.
The surgery, called endarterectomy involves cutting open the neck artery and scraping out plaque formations that can block blood flow.
The procedure, known as an endarterectomy, involves cutting open the neck artery and scraping out plaque formations that can block blood flow.
Close analysis of the ECST trial found that the efficacy of a procedure called endarterectomy depended on which day of the week you were born on.
However, the prevention-cure equation gets a bit more complicated when considering a stroke-preventing surgery called carotid endarterectomy.
Researchers randomly assigned 3,120 pre-symptomatic patients from 30 countries to receive carotid endarterectomy either as soon as possible or not until symptoms appeared.
Caveat: For patients older than 75, carotid endarterectomy didn't significantly reduce stroke risk.
Both carotid stenting, in which a balloon catheter is inserted to open the blood vessel, and carotid endarterectomy, in which plaque build-up is surgically removed, are reasonable, safe, and effective ways to treat blocked neck arteries, according to the guidelines.
In fact, almost all other researchers who have compared stenting carotid arteries to a surgical endarterectomy have found surgery to be more effective.
This study compared inserting a stent to widen a narrowed carotid with the traditional, but more invasive, surgical way of cleaning out the artery, a carotid endarterectomy.
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