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o Advise patients who ask that this study suggests that high-grade carotid stenosis is associated with apparently reversible depressive symptoms. Note that in this study more than a third of patients had such symptoms, compared with less than 17% in patients without stenosed carotids.

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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