Thomas G. Brott, M.D. a neurologist and clinical researcher at Mayo Clinic in Florida discsses:
He also talked about a new study CREST-2.
CREST-2 is actively enrolling participants with narrowing in their carotid artery without stroke or stroke warning signs (TIAs or mini-strokes) caused by that artery for a research study. The study is comparing intensive medical management alone to intensive medical management used in combination with a procedure to remove plaque buildup from the carotid artery in the neck. Dr. Brott and his colleagues working on the CREST-2 study want to know if medicine is as safe and effective as surgery or stenting in preventing a stroke caused by the buildup of plaque in the carotid artery. To find the answer, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded a multimillion dollar grant to fund this seven-year clinical trial that will enroll 2,480 patients in 120 centers in the U.S. and Canada.
Learn more about CREST-2 www.crest2trial.org