Strokes may be caused by blockage of blood flow in the brain or bleeding in the brain. These are called ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes respectively. Some highly selected patients with ischemic stroke may benefit after the blockage is removed with a catheter. This is called Intra-arterial Therapy.
Patients that might benefit from intra-arterial stroke will receive CT scans to evaluate the stroke. If they meet criteria, they will receive emergency treatment of their stroke.
Catheters will be placed from the groin into the brain where contrast will be injected. Following the injection of contrast, small catheters will be placed in the brain to either break up the clot or remove the clot with suction.
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