Features August 2015 Issue

Revascularization After a Mild Stroke May Benefit Patients

Cleveland Clinic study suggests that a less-conservative approach to treating mild ischemic stroke patients may reduce the risks of further complications.

If you have a mild ischemic stroke the symptoms may seem manageable without any type of intervention. But a recent Cleveland Clinic study suggests that this conservative treatment approach to mild strokes may be doing a disservice to patients. The study, presented at the European Stroke Conference earlier this year, found that stroke patients with mild symptoms tended to have better outcomes if they were treated with a clot-busting drug or had a stent placed in a blocked artery, compared to no intervention. Study author and Cleveland Clinic neurologist and stroke expert Gabor Toth, MD, says more aggressive treatment of mild strokes is important because these patients still face higher risks of death or significant post-stroke complications. “This is not a benign condition,” he says.

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