Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in 'Real World' Setting

January 14, 2015 3:06 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Placing stents in the neck arteries, to prop them open and help prevent strokes, may be too risky for older, sicker patients, a new study suggests.

In fact, almost a third of Medicare patients who had stents placed in their neck (carotid) arteries died during an average of two years of follow-up.

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