Landmark treatment for strokes
IRISH doctors are at the forefront of landmark research showing how a stroke treatment can dramatically improve a patient's chance of survival and reduce risk of disability.
The clot retrieval procedure, known as endovascular treatment (ET), has already been given to Irish stroke patients in trials in Beaumont Hospital and Cork University Hospital, said stroke physician Prof David Williams of the Royal College of Surgeons.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows a dramatic improvement in patient outcomes and a reduction in disability and deaths from stroke. "This offers us the chance to open up the arteries that are blocked with a clot. We have shown the effect of treatment increased the level of improvement in patients from 30pc to 55pc."
The window for the treatment, which is done by skilled specialists, is up to six hours from onset of symptoms.
A significant number also received the standard treatment of clot-busting drugs as well.
Patients who benefited came from around the country including Donegal, he added.