New technique shows promise for preventing recurrent strokes

New technique shows promise for preventing recurrent strokes

IMAGE: An advanced surgical procedure studied by vascular neurosurgeons at Cedars-Sinai significantly reduced the rate of recurrent strokes in patients with atherosclerotic disease, according to a new study. See more

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LOS ANGELES – An advanced surgical procedure studied by vascular neurosurgeons at Cedars-Sinai dramatically reduced the rate of recurrent strokes in patients with atherosclerotic disease, according to a new study.

Atherosclerotic disease, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a build-up of plaque that narrows the arteries leading to the brain. The condition is known to increase the risk of patients having a series of strokes.

Exciting new results from a Phase II clinical trial at Cedars-Sinai demonstrated that a new procedure reduced recurrent stroke rates from 37% to 10.7%. Encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis, or EDAS for short, is a new procedure that was used and recently published in the journal Neurosurgery.

“The EDAS procedure is unique in that it involves the rerouting of the arteries in the scalp and the membranes that cover the brain, to segments of the brain at…

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