In the past, there was only one proven treatment for ischemic stroke. It was the clot-busting drugs called intravenous (IV) thrombolytics (tPA or TNK).
Thanks to groundbreaking global research in which UPMC played a key role, there’s another treatment: endovascular (mechanical) thrombectomy.
EVT removes a blood clot from an artery or vein, most often in the brain or heart.
Doctors at UPMC and other centers worldwide recognize EVT's superior ability to remove large clots compared to tPA alone.
This treatment improves outcomes for people who have a stroke.
UPMC neurologists and neurosurgeons are among the most skilled in this pioneering technique, both in the Pittsburgh region and U.S.
Before EVT, if you arrive early enough, doctors will give you the clot-busting drug through an IV line.
In addition, stroke doctors use advanced neuroimaging to look at your brain. If there’s a blockage, they’ll perform EVT. This lets doctors unblock the artery and restore the blood and oxygen to the brain.
During EVT, your doctor will:
With IV thrombolytics and other medical treatments, EVT greatly reduces stroke-related disability and death. And this means better results for people who have a stroke.
At UPMC, our specially trained neurologists and neurosurgeons have:
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