Highlights from the International Stroke Conference

Clotting risk after pregnancy, driving after a stroke and more from the San Diego meeting

By Nathan Seppa, 11:09 AM February 19, 2014

Special ambulance for stroke patients

An ambulance crew that includes a neurologist and a portable CT scanner can limit the damage wrought by a stroke while en route to the hospital, researchers reported February 13.

The specially equipped team can distinguish those stroke patients who would benefit from a clot-dissolving injection of tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA – the first-choice drug for strokes caused by blood clots in the brain. The CT scanner distinguishes whether a blood clot is ...

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