New treatment means hope for many stroke victims

Stroke is one of New Zealand’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 third highest cause of death in New Zealand. Of the 60,000 stroke survivors alive today, many 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 new procedure to Read more