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Author(s): 
I Kane, MS Dennis
Journal Issue: 
Volume 36: Issue 2: 2006

 

The  timing  of  carotid  endarterectomy  in  patients  with  symptomatic carotid stenosis is vital if it is to provide maximum benefit to patients. Throughout Scotland there are delays in referring patients to neurovascular clinics and on to surgery,  where  indicated. Evidence  suggests  that  in  those  patients  with symptomatic  carotid  stenosis,  greater  than  70%,  surgery  should  ideally  be performed  within  two  weeks.   In  order  to  reduce  delays  to  surgery  (where appropriate) there needs to be an improvement in the organisation of services so that rapid assessment of high-risk patients can be made.