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2012-08-27 12:29:28

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, usually caused when a clot blocks an artery that supplies blood to the brain. Now the results of two multicenter studies published online in The Lancet on August 26 are giving physicians new innovative tools proven to better remove these clots that block blood flow. The TREVO 2 clinical trial, (Thrombectomy Revascularization of Large Vessel Occlusions in Acute Ischemic Stroke) showed that the Trevo Retriever, a clot-removal...

New Device Proves Better Than Standard Tool At Removing Stroke-causing Blood Clots
2012-08-27 09:48:00

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a common cause of long-term disability in the United States, but doctors have very few proven treatment methods. Now a new device that mechanically removes stroke-causing clots from the brain is being hailed as a game-changer. In a recent clinical trial, the SOLITAIRE Flow Restoration Device dramatically outperformed the standard mechanical treatment. Findings from the trial, called SOLITAIRE With the Intention for Thrombectomy (SWIFT), are...

2012-07-18 10:30:50

Even when its clot-dissolving powers are removed, the stroke drug tPA can still protect brain cells from the loss of oxygen and glucose induced by a stroke, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests that a modified version of tPA could provide benefits to patients who have experienced a stroke, without increasing the risk of bleeding. The results will be published in the Journal of Neuroscience. "We may have been giving the right medication, for the wrong reason," says senior...

2012-06-27 10:35:00

The clot-busting medicine, tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), is safe to use in acute stroke patients already on the home blood thinner warfarin, according to researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). This study helps allay previous concerns that tPA was too dangerous to use in patients on home anticoagulation and would lead to high risk for potentially fatal intracranial bleeding. "To date, we have no randomized trials or large cohort studies to guide us," says Ying Xian,...

2012-06-27 06:32:12

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute have ruled the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) safe for acute stroke patients on the home blood thinner warfarin. The drug was previously thought to be too dangerous to use in patients on home anticoagulation for fear of a higher risk of fatal intracranial bleeding. "To date, we have no randomized trials or large cohort studies to guide us," Ying Xian, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of...

2012-05-11 11:59:39

American Heart Association meeting report - Abstract 10 Acute ischemic stroke patients taking the blood thinner warfarin can be treated safely with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2012. "Although it's the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke, tPA is underused among patients on home...

2012-05-10 09:29:32

Patients more likely to have blood flow in blocked artery fully restored Higher volume endovascular stroke centers have faster times to treatment, higher reperfusion rates and higher rates of good clinical outcomes Online First doi 10.1136/neurintsurg-2011-010245 Treatment is faster and outcomes are better at stroke centers dealing with a high volume of patients, finds research published online in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. The authors base their findings on 442...


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