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How Stent Retriever Technology Helps Severe Strokes

Lucy Lazarony
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The first line of defense for an ischemic stroke is the intravenous delivery of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 3 to 4.5 hours of stroke symptoms. Administering tPA dissolves the blood clot and re-establishes blood flow to the brain.

But in stroke patients battling large blood clots, new stroke treatment guidelines recommend the treatment of a stent retrieval device if a blood clot should not dissolve after tPA is given.

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