Removing blood clots can help stroke victims recover

December 18, 2014 4:49 AM

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Removing blood clots can help stroke victims recover

For the first time in two decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a standard clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up seriously disabled.

Most strokes are caused by a clot in a blood vessel supplying the brain. The usual treatment is a clot-dissolving medicine called tPA, but it must be given within four and a half hours after symptoms start, and very few stroke patients seek help in time.

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