A brain stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interupted— depriving the brain of nutrients and oxygen. Caused by either a blocked artery or bursting blood vessel, a stroke can often be life threatening or altering. And although there are intravenous drugs that can be administered to the patient to help increase the blood flow to the brain, a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that a treatment called intra-arterial therapy is more effective than intravenous treatments alone. So, what is the intra-arterial treatment? Read on to learn more.
What Is Intra-Arterial Treatment?
There are two different types of intra-arterial treatments: stent based clot retrieval and suction-based catheter procedures.
What Are the Benefits?
Rather than treating the clot itself with medication, intra-arterial treatments involve treating the problem with a more hands-on approach aka surgery. Studies point to the fact that, with this type of treatment, patients have an increased survival rate and can maintain their mobility as well.
How Can UTMB Help?
UTMB is the only stroke facility in Galveston County that offers this type of procedure. With the help and guidance of UTMB’s director of neuro-interventional services, Dr. Dandamudi, and his collaborative team of experts, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of from start to finish.
Suffering from a stroke can be life changing and can feel life damaging as well. Luckily, with an intra-arterial treatment and the help of our staff at UTMB Radiology, you can have an increased chance of recovery. If you or a loved one have recently suffered from a stroke, you may feel at a loss for ways you can recover, but our staff at UTMB Radiology is here to help. To learn more about this type of surgical procedure or to schedule a consultation, contact UTMB Radiology today!