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New therapy could double chances of recovery from bleeding stroke for some patients
Washington Post

The scariest form of stroke involves the pooling of blood in the brain. When this begins, there has been very little that can be done to stop it. Even with open brain surgery, blood often clots so fast that it’s impossible to remove, and an estimated 60 to 80 percent of patients who suffer from this condition don’t survive. Of those who do pull through, 90 percent are left severely impaired. Researchers, however, believe they may have finally found a way to improve a patient’s odds. Speaking at the 2016 International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, they reported that using a clot-busting heart drug not only appeared to reduce the fatality percentage, it also appeared to increase patients’ chances of a functional recovery, which in the past has been extremely rare.