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Band aids revolutionize stroke treatment
A stroke is generally a life-threatening event. However, researchers have now found that a newly developed inexpensive skin patch causes a significantly improved survival probability in the event of a stroke. This patch could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
The British Heart Foundation and University of Nottingham scientists found that simple medical skin patches can greatly improve survival after a stroke. The medical team released the first preliminary results of their study in a press release from the British Heart Foundation.
New patches could halve the death rate
The newly developed plaster is very inexpensive but still extremely effective, the experts explain. The patch is worn on the shoulder or back. It provides the patient with a blood pressure lowering drug. The drug can be absorbed through the skin, while the patients are hospitalized, for example, the experts explain. The first evaluations of the use suggest that using the patch could potentially halve the death rate from strokes, the scientists explain.
The new plaster enables treatment in a few minutes
In the UK alone, an estimated 40,000 people die from strokes each year. Strokes are one of the main causes of premature death in the UK, doctors say. Improving blood flow in the brain of stroke patients could dramatically improve survival and recovery, said British Heart Foundation researcher Professor Philip Bath of the University of Nottingham. The new patch enables treatment in a few minutes. The tests to date with the plasters are extremely promising, the author adds.
How is a stroke triggered?
Strokes are usually caused by a clogged or ruptured blood vessel. Such events often lead to severe brain damage. A quarter of the patients who survive a stroke subsequently suffer from a permanent disability, the researchers explain.
Death rate was reduced from 38 percent to 16 percent
The drug called Glycerin Trinitrate (GTN) in the patch lowers blood pressure and opens the blood vessels. This can reduce the damage caused minutes and hours after a stroke, the authors say. Examination of 41 acute stroke patients with a GTN patch showed that the death rate could be halved by using the patch. The death rate fell from 38 percent to 16 percent, the authors explain.
The developed plaster revolutionizes the treatment of strokes
If the patch is as effective as expected, it could revolutionize the treatment of stroke patients across the UK and the rest of the world, the scientists say. The newly developed patch is a big step in the further development of stroke treatment. (as)