Carotid Artery Stent
Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory
and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk
April 6th 2006
A stenting procedure in patients to reduce the risk of stroke has had
the un-expected side-effect of making the patient smarter. Doctors from
Toronto Canada found that after performing a minimally invasive neck
procedure, their patients showed gains in memory and mental skills.
According to an ABC News report, the procedure, called carotid stenting
(or carotid endarterectomy), is an alternative to painful neck surgery.
Carotid stenting relies on tiny devices maneuvered through the
circulatory system to the carotid arteries in the neck. The doctors
then inflate a balloon to push the plaque into the vessel wall and then
implant a metal-mesh scaffold, or stent, to keep the clogged artery
Evidently the increased blood flow improved brain function in some of
their patients. According to Dr. Rodney Raabe, an interventional
radiologist and who was the study's lead researcher, “People who have
high-grade narrowing of the arteries will benefit best. Particularly
patients who have started to have memory problems should go to doctors
to get an ultrasound to see if they have a blockage."