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What is a Solitaire catheter?

When a blood clot forms in the brain it causes a stroke, and areas of the brain that control speech, movement or memory can be permanently damaged. This can be treated with a device called a Solitaire catheter. When the catheter goes in it actually expands the whole size of the clot. When it opens up, it pushes away the clot. The blood flow is immediately restored to the brain, and the whole clot then becomes removed.

Around 1.6 million brain cells can die every minute they are without blood during a stroke. That's why it's so important to treat it quickly. The Solitaire catheter can restore blood flow rapidly, and a person who would normally have severe disability or potentially have died due to a stroke is able to walk out of hospital with virtually no disabilities.

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