Research Study Seeks to Extend the Time Window for Stroke Intervention

According to Dr. R. Gilberto Gonzalez, MD, PhD, Director of the Neuroradiology division at Massachusetts General Hospital, it’s shaping up to be a big year for research on stroke treatment.

Our researchers are currently working on a
study to identify patients that will benefit from an interventional procedure to remove the clot that causes the patient’s stroke, even after the traditional time window for intervention.

They are focusing on a new type of device called stentrievers that is better at opening arteries for patients with an acute ischemic stroke. They are also using advanced CT and MRI modalities to identify patients who might benefit from specific approaches to
treatment.

“Given the research at our institution and others, I’m very optimistic about a larger
time frame for treating stroke, which will have a big impact on care,” he said.
“Nevertheless,” he added, “If someone is having a stroke, they should call
9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately.”

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