a promising advance in the treatment of severe cases

a promising advance in the treatment of severe cases
a promising advance in the treatment of severe cases

Stroke means stroke. A stroke corresponds to an artery in the brain which is no longer vascularized, either because an artery is bleeding or because an artery is blocked, which is the most common case.

When an artery in the brain is blocked by a clot, there is no more vascularization, no more circulation. The neurons suffer and in the absence of treatment, the part of the brain that is affected will suffer and eventually necrotize.
This is why in stroke every minute counts. They say that time is money, but in stroke, time is neurons. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it is 2 million neurons lost every minute. This is why a stroke must be recognized as quickly as possible and treated within 4.5 hours maximum.

The principle is simple: unblock the artery using a medication that is a bit like destop, but also by going to look for the clot passing through the artery in the leg to go up to the blocked artery in the brain. .

Patients with poor prognosis could be saved

The good news is that even patients with the worst prognosis could be saved. Until now, doctors only selected patients whose brain MRI showed a limited amount of brain destruction to try to find this clot. The previous hypothesis was that if the brain was too damaged, it would be impossible to re-perfuse the blocked artery. Clearly, the brain tissue was considered to be dead forever with no hope of improvement.

But the brain we thought was dead would not be. This is the conclusion of these neuroradiologists and neurologists from Montpellier who gave a chance to patients who were usually considered too severe or unrecoverable. They therefore tried to destroy this clot even when it no longer seemed possible. To everyone’s surprise, they observed a 20% reduction in the risk of death, allowing 1 in 5 patients to return home after a few months of rehabilitation.. It’s therefore a major step forward and we owe it to a French team.

How to prevent strokes

80% of strokes could be avoided by controlling blood pressure, avoiding or treating diabetes, paying attention to cholesterol, stopping smoking and losing weight for obese or overweight patients, because the best treatments for stroke The stroke will remain the one that will allow you to avoid it.

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