Medical Management Best to Prevent Second Stroke, an article in “Research Matters”.
Final results of a clinical trial in patients at high risk for a second stroke confirm earlier findings that stenting adds no benefits over aggressive medical treatment alone. Further study will be needed to identify specific situations in which stenting might help.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke is any sudden event affecting the brain’s blood supply. The most common type, accounting for almost 80% of all strokes, is ischemic stroke. This occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off or severely reduced because of a blocked artery. Intracranial stenosis—a blockage or narrowing of the brain’s blood vessels, often due to cholesterol buildup—raises the risk for this type of stroke.