New Stroke Treatment Shows Strong Results

December 12, 2014

(Undated)  -- A study called "Mr. Clean" is showing promising results for the most severe stroke patients.  Results show using a catheter-based treatment within six hours of a stroke is effective and safe.  Doctor M. Shazam Hussain treats stroke victims.  An ischemic [[ ih-shem-ick ]] stroke happens when an artery is blocked to the brain.  Standard care is to give the patient clot-busting medications, but when the clot is large enough it's difficult to fully open the artery, so doctors use a catheter-based method instead.  Researchers in The Netherlands studied the effects of catheter-based treatments and found patients showing improved function after 90 days.

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