PodMed TT – Surgical Blood Clot Retrieval for Stroke, Herb-Drug Interactions, Atrial Fibrillation with Heart Failure, and More

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.

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that surgical retrieval of a blood clot can help improve a stroke patient's outcome.

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that surgical retrieval of blood clots can help improve stroke patients’ outcomes.

Other studies this week include two more from the New England Journal of Medicine:

History of Childhood Kidney Disease and Risk of Adult End-Stage Renal Disease

Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation with Heart Failure

And one from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology:

Critical Evaluation of Causality Assessment of Herb–Drug Interactions in Patients

Until next week, y’all listen up and make healthy choices.