(MIAMI) – New research suggests that stents, in addition to opening clogged heart arteries, can help clear blockage in the brain after a stroke, reports Healthday News.
Researchers at the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute in Miami say that if traditional stroke treatments fail, stents can unblock the arteries of the brain and increase the survival rate for stroke victims.
"The bottom line is that stroke is a deadly condition," said study lead author Dr. Italo Linfante. "Up to 10 years ago it was a death sentence. Yet now if you go to the hospital early enough with a stroke there are several ways to be treated."
Linfante says current treatments are about 60 percent successful in opening arteries, while stents could bring that figure up to 95 percent.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
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