Endarterectomy for Unknown Stenosis With No Symptoms

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Thinking about your family history or other information, you may wonder if you should have a carotid endarterectomy. Have you had symptoms (such as a TIA or mild stroke)? Do you know the percentage of stenosis (narrowing) in your carotid arteries? If not, you are not ready to make a decision. People who have no symptoms don't need to have tests to check for narrowed carotid arteries. footnote 1

Talk with your doctor if you are worried about your risk for stroke or TIA.


  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2014). Screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsacas.htm. Accessed July 11, 2014.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology

Current as ofOctober 5, 2017