Endarterectomy for Unknown Stenosis With No Symptoms

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
Specialist Medical Reviewer Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015

Current as of: February 20, 2015