New clot removing treatment for ischemic stroke shows promise

December 18, 2014 4:35 PM

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For those suffering from ischemic stroke, intravenous injection of alteplase (tPA) has been the standard treatment to dissolve clots. However, in a study published Wednesday, researchers describe an alternative treatment which has been found to lead to improved outcomes. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, involved 500 patients at 16 medical centers in the Netherlands.

Ischemic stroke occurs when a clot is blocking an artery to the brain. An immediate response is needed when treating these strokes so arteries can deliver blood and nutrients to the brain. In the absence of a swift response, brain cells can begin to die. Alteplase is an enzyme (which is found natura...

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