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Stroke Procedure to Pluck Clots From Brain Betters Recovery Odds

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Stroke patients are more likely to recover if doctors quickly perform a minimally invasive procedure to restore blood flow to the brain and remove damaging clots, rather than using clot-busting drugs alone, two new studies have found.

The findings presented at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, may change the way doctors handle many strokes, the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. They also show how important it is to immediately recognize stroke symptoms and get treatment, said Patrick Lyden, chairman of neurology and director of the stroke program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.