Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk

March 24, 2015 4:00 PM

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TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients' risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial.

The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what's called intracranial arterial stenosis -- plaque build-up in the artery walls in the brain. Those who received balloon-expandable stents -- tiny, mesh tubes like those used to open heart arteries -- were more than twice as ...

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