New treatment means hope for many stroke victims

Stroke is one of the UK’s leading causes of chronic disability and premature death. Now, a new treatment method promises to save lives and improve recovery chances for many.

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death in the UK. Of the approximately 1.1 million stroke survivors alive today, over half are disabled and dependent on others in their day to day lives[i]. Many strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. If a clot is small enough, it can usually be dissolved with intravenous injections of tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. Larger clots, however, have been much more difficult to treat. Until now. A recent study carried out in the Netherlands, supported by the Dutch Heart Foundation and known as MR CLEAN[ii], uses a Read more