Carotid artery stenting in patients with acute coronary syndrome: A possible primary therapy for symptomatic carotid stenosis

Renato Casana, Alison Halliday, Paolo Bianchi, Emanuele Fresa, Vincenzo Silani, Gianfranco Parati, Simonetta Blengino, Lea Cireni, Laura Adobbati, Laura Calvillo, Valerio S. Tolva

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Purpose: To report the results of carotid artery stenting (CAS) in symptomatic patients (stroke/transient ischemic attack) after recent percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods: Between January 2009 and July 2011, 28 consecutive patients (18 women; mean age 66 years, range 42-82) underwent protected CAS for symptomatic carotid stenosis following recent PTCA that included bare or drug-eluting stents requiring uninterrupted dual antiplatelet therapy. Primary technical success, neurological complications, major adverse cardiovascular events, and death were evaluated at 30 days and over midterm follow-up. Results: Technical success was 96%; 1 patient suffered a nonfatal major stroke (3.5% 30-day stroke rate) during the procedure. During a median 21.6-month follow-up, 4 (14%) patients died of myocardial infarction (all diabetic smokers with ejection fractions 34 kg/m2. Conclusion: This preliminary experience demonstrated that CAS is a reasonable, safe, and effective treatment for patients with symptomatic carotid artery stenosis who were recently treated with coronary stents requiring uninterrupted dual antiplatelet therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-551
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013



  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Cerebral protection
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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