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Carotid Artery Surgery (AAN)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Procedures
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Neurology
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 11/06/2013
Having some blockage in a carotid artery doesn't automatically mean you should have artery-clearing surgery. If you have not had symptoms, a stroke or mini-stroke, the benefit of surgery is small. There are better ways to reduce the risk of stroke, including lifestyle changes and new medicines.
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