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Carotid Stents

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer and the major cause of serious long term disability. One of the main causes of stroke is atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries, commonly referred to as Carotid Artery Disease. The build up of plaque in the carotid arteries may lead to a stroke in one of two ways:

  1. Plaque build up narrowing the blood vessel so that the flow of blood to the brain is blocked
  2. Pieces of plaque or a blood clot can break off and travel to a smaller artery in the brain, blocking the blood flow in that artery

Treatment options for Carotid Artery Disease include lifestyle modification, medication, surgery and less-invasive procedures such as Carotid Artery Stenting. ev3 offers two product innovations indicated for a carotid artery stenting procedure: The PROTÉGÉ RX Carotid Stent System and the SpiderFX™ Embolic Protection Device.

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