CAROTID ENDARTERECTOMY: GUIDELINES VERSUS REAL-WORLD PRACTICE

Gabriela Teixeira, Pedro Sá Pinto, Ivone Silva, João Gonçalves, Sérgio Teixeira, Duarte Rego, Vítor Ferreira, Inês Antunes, Carlos Veiga, Daniel Mendes, Paulo Teles, Arlindo Matos & Rui Almeida
Introduction: A number of guidelines for the management of carotid disease are available to help clinicians in therapeutic decision and provide useful guidance for the best care of the patients. They stated that carotid endarterectomy (CEA) has some benefit in symptomatic patients with carotid stenosis of 50-69% and is highly beneficial in stenosis of 70-99%, with mortality/ stroke rate less than 6%. The maximum benefit is observed when surgery is performed within two weeks after...
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