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Brain Stent Fails to Prevent Strokes, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Prevention Trial has Immediate Implications for Clinical Practice, Medical University of South Carolina Study  
9/20/2011 7:48:01 AM

Patients at a high risk for a second stroke who received intensive medical treatment had fewer strokes and deaths than patients who received a brain stent in addition to the medical treatment, a large nationwide clinical trial has shown. The investigators published the results in the online first edition of the New England Journal of Medicine [1]. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, funded the trial. The medical regimen included daily blood-thinning medications and aggressive control of blood pressure and cholesterol.