Atherosclerotic disease in the carotid artery is a high risk factor for stroke. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death, constituting approximately 700,000 cases each year in the United States [1]. The susceptibility of atherosclerotic plaque to rupture during the carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS) procedure [2] makes it necessary to determine the force the plaque can withstand without the risk of embolisation.

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