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New Finding Works to Reduce Stroke Damage

Published March 2006

A 13-center pilot study led by UC neurology chair Joseph Broderick, MD, and Thomas Tomsick, MD, neuroradiology director at UC and University Hospital, suggests that using standard clot-busting medication combined with low-energy ultrasound appears to reopen clogged arteries in stroke patients better than medication alone.

It is important to quickly reopen clogged brain arteries in stroke patients, says Dr. Broderick, because the longer the blood supply to the brain is blocked, the more likely long-lasting brain damage will occur.

"Stroke studies such as the Interventional Management of Stroke (IMS) are advancing our knowledge about stroke so that ultimately more lives may be spared," adds Dr. Broderick. "More importantly, quality of life is preserved by preventing the debilitation that comes with permanent brain damage."

This latest study, IMS-II, involved 73 participants aged 18 to 80 who were being treated for severe ischemic stroke. Last September, UC received a $17.4 million grant to coordinate the next phase of the study, which will study about 900 U.S. and Canadian stroke patients.


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