• Pedro Pinto Sousa Centro Hospitalar Alto Ave
  • Gabriela Teixeira Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
  • Pedro Sá Pinto Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
  • Luis Vouga Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
  • Rui Almeida Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto



Carotid endarterectomy, Open heart surgery, Carotid stenosis, Stroke, Combined surgery, Coronary event, transient ischemic attack


Introduction: Ischemic stroke is a predictable complication of cardiac surgery specially in patients with previous diagnosed carotid stenosis. On the other side, patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy with concomitant significant valvular or coronary artery disease, may face worst peri-operative outcomes. 

Objective: Analyzing outcomes from a pool of patients with both comorbidities wondering which procedure should be conducted first. 

Material and Methods: Retrospective analysis of a group of patients submitted to carotid endarterectomy (Group I) between January 2011 and December 2017 that concomitantly presented coronary artery or valvular disease. Outcomes comparison with a group of patients submitted to cardiac surgery (Group II) that concomitantly presented carotid stenosis. 

Results: There was no statistically significant difference in patient stroke risk-factors between groups. 

Adverse events rate difference between groups did not reach statistical significance (stroke 1,7% vs 2,8% p=0,698; Acute myocardial infarct 1,7% vs 2,8% p=0,698, death 0% vs 4,6% p=0,073). 

Discussion: Handling these specific pools of patients is still debatable. Both interventions demand a multidisciplinary approach so as an experienced surgery and anaesthesiology team to individually select which approach fits each patient better. 


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Sousa PP, Teixeira G, Sá Pinto P, Vouga L, Almeida R. OPEN HEART SURGERY OR CAROTID ENDARTERECTOMY. WHICH PROCEDURE SHOULD BE DONE FIRST?. Angiol Cir Vasc [Internet]. 2020 Dec. 13 [cited 2022 Aug. 9];16(3):154-9. Available from:



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