Researchers have found that the treatment of patients with stroke can be carried in a better way by penetrating a device directly into the blocked arteries for the removal of clot than just treating with clot-busting drugs.
Jeffrey Saver, a UCLA Stroke Center director, said, “Catching the clot and fishing it out of the blocked artery to reopen it makes a big difference in outcome.”
According to Saver, such devices to retrieve clots have been around for quite some time but there is no clinical evidence that hails the device as a better substitute for clot-busting drugs for the heart patients.
For the study, the researchers involved The revelations were made during a study that involved 500 patients in the Netherlands.
During the study, the researchers involved 500 patients in the Netherlands. Following ninety days of their strokes, the researchers found 32.6 percent of patients who were treated with going into a brain artery for clot removal got functional independence as compared to 19.1 percent of the patients who were given the regular clot-dissolving drugs.
Researchers noted that the study is applied only to those patients who suffered strokes only due to a blockage into their arteries of the brain.
All the participating patients received treatment with the devices directly within six hours of the onset of symptoms.
The health experts are seeing the new procedure as a big development in effective treatment of patients with stroke.
The study, called MR CLEAN, was published online on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.