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RI Hospital: Near-complete blood flow restoration critical for best outcomes in stroke
Date:10/31/2012

lood flow restoration following intra-arterial stroke therapy for strokes that occur in the front part of the brain. As a result, Jayaraman and Silver concluded that future patient care plans should focus on restoring as much blood flow as possible, combining new technologies with a health care infrastructure designed to deliver rapid care.

"Rapid treatment is critical for stroke patients," Silver said. "It's not enough to just open blood vessels to the brain; it has to be done as early as possible. At Rhode Island Hospital, more than 50 percent of our patients are treated with intravenous clot busters (tPA) in less than 60 minutes after arrival, and a significant number of stroke patients are being treated with an intra-arterial therapy in less than two hours from the time they arrive. Stroke treatment needs to evolve, and that includes using new technologies that allow physicians to remove the clot in its entirety as quickly as possible."

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States; more than 800,000 people in the U.S. die each year from cardiovascular disease and strokes. Sometimes called a "brain attack," stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. If not treated in a timely manner, stroke can cause death or significant disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties and emotional problems.


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