This year close to 800,000 Americans will experience ischemic stroke, which occurs when a brain artery is blocked. It's the fourth leading cause of death and the first leading cause of disability in the U.S. because brain tissue not only dies when blood flow is interrupted, it's also injured immediately after the brain artery is re-opened - what is called "reperfusion" injury.
Neurology and neurosurgery researchers from Emory University School of Medicine presented results of the Endovascular Reperfusion and Cooling in Cerebral Acute Ischemia (ReCCLAIM I) study at the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association's 2013 International Stroke Conference in Hawaii earlier this month.
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (http://www.whsc.emory.edu/
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