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Research sparks debate on popular type of stroke therapy
Los Angeles Times

New research is raising doubts about a popular form of stroke therapy that aims to snatch a blood clot from a patient’s brain and restore vital blood flow before serious damage is done.

In clinical trials presented this week at the American Heart Assn.’s International Stroke Conference, researchers found that use of these devices did not improve health outcomes for stroke patients who made it to the hospital in time to use a clot-busting medication called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA.