Are Stents Safe For Narrowed Neck Arteries?February 27th, 2010 - 8:55 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Feb 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent U.S. study found out an alternative for surgery. According to the study, people who have narrow neck arteries which might lead to stroke, can be treated with stents instead of surgery. A stent is reported to be “a mesh tube,” that “props the blood vessel open.” The new research was revealed at an American Stroke Association on Friday. The study expects the new invention will benefit thousands of people. For a long period of time, stents were used in order to fix arteries in heart. Now, stents can reportedly be used on neck as well. However, the process should be undertaken preferably by people who are physically unfit for surgery. According to Dr. Walter Koroshetz, the deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “The sea of people is gigantic” who will benefit from the process.
While the U.S. study is hopeful about the use of stents, an Europian study which was published on internet on Thursday explicated the dangers involved in using stents. It said stents can trigger the chance of multiple complications. According to the European study, surgery is any day a much safer method. Two other studies agreed with them.
According to another study, stents have a possibility of triggering strokes, while people undergoing surgeries have a chance of heart attack. According to doctors, the patient should choose the treatment which befits his health condition. A top neurologist of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Lee Schwamm said, people are more worried about stroke than heart attack. More about the study will be known in the recent future.
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