This study states that Hypotension is a frequent complication of carotid artery stenting (CAS). Although common, its occurrence is unpredictable, and association with adverse events has not been well defined. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of postoperative hypotension after CAS and the association with stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA), major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), increased length of stay (LOS), and in-hospital mortality.

This is a retrospective analysis of all CAS procedures, including transfemoral CAS (TF-CAS) and transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), performed in the Vascular Quality Initiative between 2003 and 2018. The primary study end point was postoperative hypotension, defined as hypotension treated with continuous infusion of a vasoactive agent for ≥15 minutes. Secondary end points included any postoperative neurologic events (stroke/TIA), MACEs (myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and dysrhythmias), prolonged LOS (>1 day), and in-hospital mortality. Patients’ demographics predictive of hypotension were determined by multivariable logistic regression, and a risk score was developed for correlation with outcomes.

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