Stroke treatments in the future could be significantly better than they are now, thanks to research that has found a new way to safely remove clots in patients.
Doctors currently treat stroke by using an infusion which removes the blood clots by dissolving them. However, patients who are given this treatment stand a risk of swelling in the brain and excessive bleeding. In addition, patients must receive the infusion within three hours of suffering the stroke for the treatment to be effective.
However, researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston are using a drug combination that will potentially improve outcomes for stroke patients. The researchers conducted tests on mice, and found that when the mice were given the new treatment, there was a drop in bleeding levels, lowered swelling in the brain, and limited brain damage, compared to animals that were not given the treatment.