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Clot-busting drug may help may help stroke patients beyond standard treatment window or after “wake-up stroke”

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The clot-busting drug alteplase may help salvage brain tissue even when it is given hours beyond the three-hour window after stroke onset or to patients suffering wake-up strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Alteplase is a tissue […]

At less cost, stroke survivors may live longer and better if clots are removed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At less cost, stroke survivors live longer and better if clot removal is added to clot-busting medication to treat ischemic strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers examined recovery three months after 70 patients experienced a moderate to […]

Clot removal plus clot-busting drug improved outcomes for larger group of stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Physically removing a blood clot causing a stroke combined with clot-busting drugs improves the outcome of patients more than giving clot-busting drugs alone, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Most trials investigating whether it is beneficial to add mechanical […]

Clot removal may save money and limit disability

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adding mechanical clot removal to clot-busting drugs could lower stroke survivors medical bills, decrease government healthcare as well as non-healthcare related costs, and increase the likelihood of the patient returning to work and participating in society, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s […]

Stroke survivors may lose a month of healthy life for every 15-minute treatment delay

Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

In addition, each minute faster the drug is given means nearly two more days of healthy life for survivors, researchers said.

The sooner the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator  […]

Ambulance magnesium treatment fails to improve stroke outcome

SAN DIEGO – Giving intravenous magnesium to stroke patients soon after the start of symptoms, in an attempt to protect brain cells deprived of oxygen, failed to improve stroke-related disability 3 months later, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Investigators showed that paramedics […]

Stroke Hero video game teaches kids to recognize, respond to stroke

Children who played a 15-minute Stroke Hero video game were more likely to recognize a stroke and call 9-1-1, according to a new study.

Researchers evaluated a group of about 200 lower-income nine- and ten-year-olds from the Bronx, N.Y., before and after they played Stroke Hero to see if the children recognized […]

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