Joel Callen

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Thu, 12 Feb, 2015

Doctors pioneer new stroke treatment with amazing results

Doctors pioneer new stroke treatment with amazing results

Researchers and doctors at Royal Melbourne Hospital are pioneering a new form of treatment for the sufferers of strokes with exceptional results. By combining two different types of treatment, the study has almost doubled the number of patients who were able to walk out of hospital.

The new approach works by combining two different types of treatments – first using an advanced brain scan to identify which areas of the brain were irreversibly damaged and which could be saved; and then a new stent technology was used to remove the clot. Combine this with the more traditional clot-busting medication, and the amount of people who walked away from a stroke without a disability jumped from 40 to 70 per cent.

Researchers will be presenting their results at a major stroke conference in Nashville, after the study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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