The natural history of asymptomatic severe carotid artery stenosis.

@article{Conrad2013TheNH,
  title={The natural history of asymptomatic severe carotid artery stenosis.},
  author={Mark Frederick Conrad and Michael J Michalczyk and Arissa Opalacz and Virendra I. Patel and Glenn Michael Lamuraglia and Richard Paul Cambria},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={60 5},
  pages={
          1218-1226
        }
}
BACKGROUND Although level 1 evidence supports carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for stroke prevention in patients with asymptomatic severe carotid artery stenosis (ASCAS; >70%), medical therapy alone has been promulgated by some as equally effective. The goal of this study was to determine the natural history of medically treated patients with ASCAS. METHODS Patients with ASCAS from 2005 to 2006 were identified in a health network database. Patients were included if the initial therapeutic plan… CONTINUE READING
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