Stroke Drugs Vs. Stents: An Issue For Medicare

There’s a debate growing among doctors over whether drugs are just as good – or better – at preventing strokes as carotid surgery or carotid stents to keep neck arteries free from plaque. The issue has major implications for Medicare, the Wall Street Journal reported last week, because a number of stent manufacturers are pushing Medicare to pay for carotid stent placement in people with no stroke symptoms. This would greatly expand stent use because an estimated 100,000 or more …