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Nasal spray may mean stroke damage avoided

Nasal spray may mean stroke damage avoided.

I know a man who, when he was 43 years of age he had a small stroke.  At that time he was an incredibly fit man, no body fat, not a drinker, never smoked and had never taken a drug stronger than a headache tablet.

BUT that man had “sticky blood”.  He knew this because he was told that when he gave blood he would clog up the machine but it was something he laughed at, a throw away comment that meant nothing until the day he had his stroke.

Fortunately there was no lasting damage.  The First Aider at his work reacted quickly, the ambulance arrived as quickly as it should and he was seen in A&E immediately.  This man was lucky.

Every day around 200 people in Britain die from stroke. About 85 per cent of stroke patients have ischaemic strokes, where a clot travels to the brain and shuts off its blood supply. The rest are called haemorrhagic strokes, where a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

Making a good recovery from an ischaemic stroke largely depends on being treated with a clot-busting medicine called Alteplase within three hours of the stroke occurring.  This drug has to be injected and if this does not happen within that three hour window it is is largely ineffective meaning that those patients, where there has been delay, are much more likely to suffer life changing injuries and disability as a result of the stroke.

A drug which was previously used to treat people who overdoes on opioids such as Heroin is now being trialled for used with stroke victims.  The drug called Naloxone is being tested at the University of Helsinki showed where they have been giving rats a twice-daily squirt of Naloxone up the nose for a week after a stroke.  They have found that this halted brain damage by dampening down inflammation and widening blood vessels to improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the affected area. This reduced the chances of them being left partially paralysed or suffering problems vocalising, both common among stroke survivors as a result of parts of the brain dying because they’ve been starved of blood.

The team are now looking to commence trials with humans to see if the drug would be as effective.  That would be a breakthrough but it seems as though there is a long way to go before this drug could be licensed for such use.

At Swain & Co Solicitors we work tirelessly in providing advice and representation to patients who have been let down by their medical care providers.  Some have not received prompt treatment for symptoms of stroke, heart attack, cancer and many other illnesses and disease.   Our clients come from all over the country, from all walks of life but they all have one thing in common – they have suffered injury and loss as a result of medical mistake. 

Contact Swain & Co today to discuss your potential claim.  Our staff are experienced and they understand the complex nature of medical negligence claims so you are in safe hands.

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