If you have a stroke involving a blood clot, how long does your doctor have to retrieve it surgically and improve your outcome?
The answer to that question used to be six hours following the stroke, but a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows such a strategy can be used up to 16 hours after the stroke. In fact, as Rick and I discuss in PodMed TT this week, the results were so impressive that the trial was stopped early. A brief look at the data indicates that 45 percent of the folks treated with medical therapy plus thrombectomy, or surgical retrieval of the clot, were able to function independently at 90 days, versus only 17 percent of those treated with medical therapy alone. Mortality was also improved in the thrombectomy group.
Other studies this week include two more from the New England Journal of Medicine:
And one from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology:
Until next week, y’all listen up and make healthy choices.