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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...

2010-06-09 09:10:00

New device may provide safer way to treat the third leading cause of death in the U.S. When someone suffers a stroke, time is critical--more than a million brain cells die each minute, starved of nourishment due to critical damage in a cerebral blood vessel. Now, researchers have developed a new tool for efficiently removing blood clots in the brain, the leading cause of strokes. The tool overcomes limitations in current emergency stroke treatments, potentially extending the time for a victim...

2010-06-03 06:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Concentric Medical, Inc., the global leader in acute ischemic stroke intervention, announced completion of enrollment in the Merci Registry with a total of 1,000 patients enrolled. The Merci Registry is a real-world, international, post-market study of the Merci Retrieval System®. Since its launch in June 2007, over 30 sites worldwide have contributed patients to the Registry, which is the largest repository of prospectively...

2010-05-13 15:01:00

Study highlights: -- A telephone survey of more than 4,800 people in Michigan found that only a fraction of them would call 9-1-1 if they recognized symptoms of a stroke. -- Many people said they'd take patients to the hospital but wouldn't call 9-1-1, which is recommended by the American Stroke Association and other health agencies. -- Increasing stroke knowledge may not be enough to increase the number of stroke patients who get prompt treatment; instead, efforts to motivate people to...

2010-05-04 05:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Concentric Medical, Inc., the global leader in devices for clot removal in ischemic stroke patients, today announced that the Merci Retriever®, Merci® Microcatheter, and Merci® Balloon Guide Catheter have received Shonin approval in Japan. The Merci Retriever is a catheter-based medical device that stroke centers use to remove blood clots from the brains of patients suffering an ischemic...

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...

2010-02-26 10:46:00

Study highlights: -- The antiplatelet drug cilostazol was better than aspirin in preventing a recurrent stroke in a Japanese trial. -- Compared to patients taking aspirin, patients taking the drug were less likely to have new ischemic stroke or develop bleeding requiring hospitalization. -- Cilostazol is used to reduce leg pain associated with peripheral vascular disease in the United States. SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The antiplatelet drug cilostazol -- used in the...

2010-02-25 19:06:00

Results presented today at the American Heart Association's International Stroke Conference SEATTLE, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David Newell, M.D., co-executive director of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) in Seattle today presented results of a groundbreaking study of 33 patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage who were screened for inclusion in a SNI clinical study known as 'SLEUTH' (Safety of Lysis with Ultrasound in the Treatment of Intracerebral and...

2010-02-25 12:47:07

Techniques that keep brain arteries open (intracranial stenting) or inject clot-busting drugs directly to the brain (intra-arterial tPA) may be more effective than other urgent ischemic stroke treatments, researchers said at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010. In a study of 1,056 severe stroke patients treated with one or more therapies within eight hours of symptom onset, blood flow was restored in 76 percent of stented patients and 72 percent of those...

2010-02-24 11:08:02

Clot-busting treatment should be considered for patients last seen healthy within a few hours before having a stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010. A Canadian study analyzed outcomes of clot-busting drugs given to patients based on when they were last seen in their usual state of health ("time last seen normal") compared to patients who had someone witness the start of their stroke symptoms. The "time last seen...

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