Feb 12, 2015
By Jane Brown
A new stroke treatment by Canadian researchers is said to be considered a major breakthrough in positive patient outcomes.
The treatment in fact, has been shown to be so effective that Canadian researchers say they believe it will be used as part of standard stroke care.
The study was led by scientists at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute and is published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The results found a clot-retrieval procedure, called endovascular treatment, significantly decreased the incidence of disability or death among those who experienced acute ischemic stroke.
The treatment involves removing blood clots in the brain with a retrievable stent and nearly doubled the percentage of patients who experienced positive outcomes, from 30 percent to 55 percent.
Rick Swartz is a collaborator on the study and medical director of the stroke program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He says Canada will be one of the first countries in the world to incorporate this treatment into our best practice guidelines.