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More stroke patients to be offered life-saving procedure

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More stroke patients to be offered life-saving procedure

Patients with acute ischaemic stroke should be offered a procedure to remove the blood clot up to 24 hours after the onset of symptoms.

This procedure, called a thrombectomy, should be offered alongside clot-busting drugs, if there is potential to salvage brain tissue, says NICE in draft updated guidance.

Currently, thrombectomy is only offered to people with stroke up to 12 hours after onset.