Stroke Information & Treatment
- What is a stroke?
From the Cerebrovascular Imaging and Intervention Committee of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular CouncilRandall T. Higashida, M.D., Chair
- Health: The War on Strokes
They strike out of the blue, insidious and deadly, killing brain cells, destroying lives. Now a new wave of research offers hope to millions.
- AHA/ASA Guidelines for Endovascular Stroke Therapy
American Heart/American Stroke association came up with guidelines for the endovascular treatment (putting a device into the brain vessel to remove/dissolve the blockage). These are guidelines, and there are various exceptions that may develop in why endovascular treatment may not be attempted in a certain patient.
- Beyond Thrombolytic Therapy: A New Tool for Stroke Treatment
(Practical Neurology - October 2004)
The FDA's recent approval of the Merci Retriever represents a step forward in stroke treatment, but unanswered questions remain.
- New catheter technique helps stroke treatment
(The Honolulu Advertiser)
- Stroke Therapy
Queens Medical Center Press Release
- Intra-arterial stroke therapy results
MR CLEAN study results, demonstrating the efficacy of intra-arterial treatment of stroke if administered within 6 hours.
Intra-arterial means that a doctor will place a small tube (aka catheter) into an artery in the groin. The doctor will thread the catheter into the blocked vessel in the brain and attempt to remove the blockage with a medical device or dissolve the blockage with a drug. This procedure requires the use of x-rays and x-ray dye.
- Rehabilitation: How a Brain Heals
Stroke victims used to face a lifetime of disability. Now, near-total recovery is possible.
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