A stent is a tube placed into the artery to keep it open and keep blood flowing. The most important complication from carotid artery stenting is a stroke. A major stroke is defined as a stroke that results in death or moderate to severe disability. A minor stroke is defined as a stroke that results in mild disability but does not cause the patient to need help with self-care after discharge from the hospital.
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the country accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Carotid Stenting Facilities (ICACSF). Nationally-accepted benchmarks for the incidence of stroke with carotid stenting through ICACSF are 6 percent for patients who have already had symptoms of stroke and 3 percent for patients who have not. In 2013, Forsyth Medical Center reported complication results lower than these national benchmarks. In 2013, there was 1 major stroke and no minor strokes, which is a 2 percent rate.