The numbers aren’t pretty: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), stroke is the number-five killer in the nation. Someone in the United States dies every four minutes from a stroke. And even when strokes are not fatal, they’re most often debilitating. But fortunately, a new stroke treatment option has brightened prospects for people who suffer strokes.
Strokes, also known as brain attacks, occur when the supply of blood to the brain is blocked or reduced, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen. This blockage is usually caused by a blood clot in one of the arteries in the brain. A stroke requires immediate attention; the quicker a stroke victim can get treatment, the better his or her chances for survival and reduced disability.