Stroke Victims Benefit From Surgery on Blood Clots, Study Says

December 17, 2014 3:25 PM

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Stroke patients whose blocked arteries are re-opened with surgical devices fared better in a study than those treated with intravenous drugs alone to dissolve clots, offering the first solid evidence of an effective new treatment.

In a trial of 500 Dutch patients with stroke caused by lack of blood flow in the brain, 33 percent had little or no disability 90 days after receiving the direct intervention, compared with 19 percent in the control group, according to an article published today in the New England Journal of Medicin...

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