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Friday, August 26, 2016

New Medical Discovery Saving the Lives of Stroke Victims

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and about 50 percent of people that suffer a hemorrhagic stroke die in a matter of days. A new procedure, using a catheter, promises to save more lives of people who suffer strokes.

How it saves lives

Strokes are dangerous because they stop blood from flowing through the largest blood vessels in the brain, and medications that thin the blood cannot effectively dissolve large blood clots. A new procedure that is being tested in hospitals around the country threads a catheter through an artery in the groin and up to the blockage in the brain, where a stent pulls the clot out of the vessel.

When a stroke occurs, time is of the essence. The more time that passes after a stroke, the less chance a patient has of recovering from a stroke. The new procedure, called mechanical thrombectomy, increases recovery to above 60 percent if treatment is started within six hours. It's being called a miracle.

A miracle...

Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, vice chairman of clinical affairs in the department of neurosurgery at UC San Diego Health, stated, “Patients go from literally dying to going home to their families—it’s about as miraculous a thing as you can encounter in medicine.”

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