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2010-11-24 10:06:59

Research: Thrombolysis in very elderly people: Controlled comparison of SITS International Stroke Thrombolysis Registry and Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive Thrombolysis (giving anti-clotting drugs within three hours of an acute stroke) is effective in patients aged 40 to 90 years and should not be restricted in elderly patients, as current guidelines advise, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. Thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke has proven benefits, but it is...

2010-11-22 16:52:00

Faster Diagnosis Enables Better Outcomes PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Huntington Memorial Hospital has been named to the Target Stroke Honor Roll by the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA). This award recognizes having a door-to-needle time of 60 minutes or less for at least 50 percent of patients eligible for the "clot-busting" medication, tPA , as well as holding Silver Plus status in the Get With The Guidelines SM-Stroke...

2010-11-22 00:00:41

A new technique that combines the heat and energy of ultrasound with highly targeted delivery of clot-busting drugs appears to be an effective treatment for patients with acute massive pulmonary embolism (PE), commonly referred to as a blood clot in the lung, was presented today at the 37th Annual VEITHsymposium (Vascular Surgery) in New York by Dr. Peter Lin of Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. The novel treatment is called ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysis (developed...

2010-11-10 11:39:40

The clot-busting drug rt-PA remains the most beneficial proven emergency treatment for strokes caused by blood clots, according to an editorial in the November issue of Archives of Neurology by Dr. Jos© Biller. "The benefits of treatment outweigh the risks in patients treated with intravenous rt-PA within 4.5 hours of symptom onset," Biller wrote. Biller is chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and an internationally recognized...

2010-11-09 12:22:44

Patients with stroke who experience improvement within one hour of receiving the clot-dissolving medication tissue plasminogen activator appear more likely to do well three months later, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Only one effective therapy has been approved for acute ischemic stroke (in which blood flow to an area of the brain is blocked or reduced), according to background information in the article. Within 4.5...

2010-11-08 15:06:48

Research led by Dr. Nicolas Bazan, Boyd Professor, Villere Chair, and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health Sciences Center, has shown that Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a component of fish oil, is a powerful therapeutic agent that can protect brain tissue and promote recovery in an experimental model of acute ischemic stroke, even when treatment is delayed by up to five hours. These findings not only target a new stroke treatment approach, but also provide vital...

2010-11-02 15:26:24

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain could expand the number of stroke patients eligible for a potentially life-saving treatment, according to a new study, published online and in the December issue of the journal Radiology. Some patients who suffer an acute ischemic stroke "” in which a blood clot or other obstruction blocks blood flow in the brain "” can be treated with a drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, that dissolves the clot and restores blood flow....

2010-09-13 12:32:52

An antibiotic appears to be a safe treatment for stroke and a good companion therapy for tPA, the clot buster that is currently the only FDA-approved drug therapy, researchers report. A safety study in 60 stroke patients in Georgia, Kentucky and Oregon found the drug well tolerated even at three-and-one-half times the dose currently used for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to a research team led by the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Georgia. "It's cheap,...

2010-06-09 13:41:40

New procedure may successfully salvage brain cells for more than just the first three hours following a stroke A clot vacuum cleaner that sucks out stroke-producing blockages from blood vessels in the brain sounds like science fiction. But 27 Calgary patients who were rescued from massive strokes know the endovascular procedure is for real, Dr. Mayank Goyal told the Canadian Stroke Congress today. The innovative technique uses a tool called the Penumbra System® of Continuous...

2010-03-01 15:42:38

ST. PAUL, Minn. "“ New research shows women who don't receive a clot-busting drug after a stroke fare worse than men who are not treated. The study is published in the March 2, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Women need to be treated for stroke as soon as possible," said study author Michael D. Hill, MD, MSc, FRCPC, with the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. "We found that women who weren't treated...


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