Removable stent system 'can help stroke patients'

6 February 2012

Patients who have suffered a stroke may be able to recover from the condition quicker if they adopt a removable stent system into their rehabilitation therapy strategy.

The process has been praised following a study undertaken by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and could change the way people recover from the common health problem.

A removable stent system works by opening blocked arteries in the brain, with the strategy producing positive effects among people who have been struck down by a stroke.

Wayne Clark, who co-authored the study and is the director of the Oregon Stroke Center at OHSU, believes the development "is going to be a game changer" for the medical industry.

"These results showed that not only could we open up the blood vessel but we can help many more people recover fully from their strokes when this 'stent retriever' procedure is used," he explained.

Meanwhile, researchers based at St George's, University of London and Oxford University have identified that an alteration in the HDAC9 gene could increase the risk of a person suffering a large artery ischemic stroke.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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