Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Clot Buster For Stroke Patients

Stroke has been called the brain attack and can affect a specific area or sometimes all of the brain. Technically, it’s a sudden blockage or rupture of blood vessels to the brain resulting in loss of consciousness, partial or total loss of movements or loss of speech. Ischaemia is an inadequate supply of blood to a part of the body caused by a partial or total blockage of an artery, thus the term ischaemic stroke.

There is a new clot-busting drug, called alteplase that has been recommended for treating patients with acute ischaemic stroke in an appraisal recently published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom. Alteplase according to research has an efficacy of three hours after a stroke, preventing death and disability.

Acute ischaemic stroke is responsible for considerable disability and mortality worldwide and with NICE recommendation, more and more patients with qualifying stroke to benefit from this treatment. But the NICE committee recommends physicians trained and experienced in the management of acute stroke and only in centers with facilities that enable the medicine to be used in accordance with marketing authorization should use alteplase.



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