A recent study performed at the Cleveland Clinic and released at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago, reviewed 723 patients and compared two groups (endarterectomy and stent placement) for perioperative risks which include CVA, MI or death within 30 days of the procedure. The study reports that stents had 5.8% risk compared to that of endarterectomy, which had 12.6% risk therefor concluding the superiority of stent placement. While the numbers appear impressive, isn't a 12.6% surgical perioperative risk unusually high? It was my understanding that medical centers having proficency in vascular surgery had risk closer to the 2% to 3% area.
Terry Case