Fred Bodimer (@FredBodimerKMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New guidelines suggest the use of a clot-grabbing device in some strokes.

Interventional neurologist at Saint Louis University Hospital Dr. Randall Edgell says the American Medical Association (AMA) now recommends threading a special stent through arteries to the blood clot in the brain, grabbing the clot with the stent, and then pulling it back out of the body.

“The whole stroke community is very excited to have this second treatment option; it’s really the first new acute stroke treatment option in over 20 years,” Edgell says. “It’s a huge step forward for the stroke community and for stroke patients.”

The clot-dissolving drug TPA is traditionally used to treat blockages of blood vessels to the brain, but some clots are just too large for the drug to dissolve.

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer strokes each year, and 130,000 die as a result. This makes the condition the fifth most common cause of death in the United States.

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