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(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - VIENNA, July 25 -- Carotid stenting can significantly ease both the frequency and severity of so-called "vascular depression," according to investigators here.

Both frequency and severity" fell sharply in patients who underwent successful carotid stenting for a luminal narrowing of at least 80%, according to Wolfgang Mlekusch, M.D., of Vienna General Hospital and Medical School here.

At the same time, neither frequency nor severity of depression changed in patients who had advanced peripheral artery disease but not carotid stenosis who underwent a lower-limb percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, Dr. Mlekusch and colleagues reported in the August issue of Radiology.

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