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New Era for Stroke Treatment

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By Dr. Rashid M. Janjua

Until about 15 years ago, there wasn’t much we could do about a stroke except treat the symptoms.

The first breakthrough came in 1997 with the approval of clot busting drugs for use in stroke patients. The drugs work wonders, but they don’t work in all cases and or for all kinds of stroke.

Today, new surgical interventions allow neurosurgeons like me to treat all kinds of strokes by removing blood clots and closing off aneurysms. I am one of the few neurosurgeons in the country trained in the full scope of these techniques, and the only one in the Triad, which means that I have the opportunity to prevent crippling disabilities in my patients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I am thrilled to bring these neurosurgery techniques to North Carolina, a part of the country known as the Stroke Belt, where treating stroke is so urgently needed.

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