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Stroke treatment could save even more lives

An under used technique could benefit thousands more stroke patients a year.

A stroke occurs when a blood clot forms and prevents the normal circulation of blood throughout the brain. Commonly the patient is given drugs to disperse the clot and allow the blood to flow. A less common treatment is ‘Thrombectomy’ where the clot is actually removed rather than dissolved.

A study involving Newcastle researchers has looked at whether Thrombectomy should be more widely used. The PEARS study (Promoting Effective And Rapid Stroke care) analysed existing patient data to determine how effective this treatment is and whether it should be more widely used.

The study was led by Dr Christopher Price part of the Stroke research group within the Institute of Neuroscience.  

published on: 30 November 2016