USPSTF Recommends Against Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis in General Population

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Bottom Line: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population. Carotid artery stenosis is the narrowing of arteries that supply blood to the brain. This recommendation applies to adults without a history of transient ischemic attack, stroke or other neurologic signs or symptoms related to the carotid arteries. Although asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis is a risk factor for stroke, it causes a relatively small proportion of strokes. The USPSTF routinely makes recommendations about the effectiveness of preventive care services and this statement is consistent with its 2014 recommendation.

(doi:10.1001/jama.2020.26988)

 

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