Features April 2016 Issue

Time Is Critical When It Comes to a Stroke

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery in the brain. The sooner itís removed or dissolved the better the outcome and recovery for the patient.

Time Is Critical When It Comes to a Stroke

A recent study underscores the effectiveness of blood clot removal treatment when the device is used soon after symptoms first appear.

Intra-arterial treatment (IAT) to help remove clots from the blood vessels of stroke patients can be a life-saving procedure. It can also minimize the damage a stroke can cause. IAT uses a catheter to deliver a clot-dissolving drug to the location of the clot in the brain artery or physically remove the clot particles and allow blood flow to resume. Sometimes both procedures are done.

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