A device that could be used as a vascular vacuum cleaner may offer a new way to treat stroke. The FDA has approved a catheter called Penumbra for extracting blood clots from blood vessels in the brain. If stroke patients arrive early enough, the chance of effective treatment is much greater.
The first line of treatment for a thrombotic stroke is a clot-busting drug called tPA. If that doesn’t work well enough, the Penumbra catheter may undo the damage before it becomes irreversible. Using a catheter is less invasive and faster than traditional brain surgery. Because prompt treatment is so critical, the catheter may offer advantages for certain patients.

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  1. MEG

    What interesting, important information this is regarding the Penumbra catheter. Is there any notice of when this may be available in hospitals? Thank you for the wonderful information you share with us.
    Incidentally–on another topic–I realize that with some topics and guests on your weekly broadcast, you do not have time for a quick recap of recent news regarding holistic/natural health news; but I really appreciate it when the two of you do take a few minutes to give that.
    Thank you.

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