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Brain scan study shows clot-busting drug benefits stroke patients

from Medical Xpress

A drug that breaks up blood clots in the brains of stroke patients could be used more widely than at present without increased risk, a brain scan study suggests. It had previously been thought that giving the drug to people with signs of early damage in the brain caused by a stroke would increase the chances of them suffering a bleed on the brain — which can be fatal. The drug — called alteplase — is the only treatment for stroke caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain. more

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