Treatment Options for Stroke Victims

According to the CDC, every year more than 795,000 Americans suffer from a stroke.  Literature abounds for how to identify signs of a stroke, and when to call for help.  But treatment options are far less publicized.  Advanced Radiology offers lysis therapy and aspiration services to eliminate blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain.

Lysis therapy involves the use of a micro-catheter to release a declotting agent to the interior cerebral artery from a femoral artery in the groin that supplies blood to the brain.  In many cases this declotting agent called tPA is sufficient to break up blood clots constricting blood flow to the brain.  According to the American Stroke Association, administration of tPA within 3-3.5 hours of the stroke occurrence is the Gold Standard of care, and significantly increasing the chances of recovery.

However, many Americans do not make it to the emergency room in time to be candidates for lysis therapy.  Advanced Radiology also has advanced equipment and techniques it can use to aspirate the clot to dislodge it or remove it.  These endovascular procedures usually are applied to a major artery in the groin or arm.  A small catheter is inserted into the artery and coils are released to prevent rupture collapse of the vein as it is fed up to the site of the clot. 

Depending on the technique used, the clot may be aspirated and removed or dislodged. Endovascular procedures are significantly less invasive than surgery, and require less recovery time. If you have any questions on how we may be able to help you or a loved one please call us at 855-201-1519.