Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

How does clot retrieval work?

Dr. Bryan Ludwig explains how clot retrievals work. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


Clot retrieval is a treatment of an ischemic stroke when blood flow is blocked or obstructed, according to the American Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon. Called an endovascular procedure, clot retrieval is done with the insertion of a catheter to the site of the blockage in the brain and removing the clot, according to the ASA.

Researchers continue to conduct studies on endovascular procedures, and patients must meet certain criteria to be eligible for it, according to the ASA.

For more information about clot retrieval, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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