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Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy (IAT)

When stroke happens, seconds count. Every minute the brain lacks blood flow 1.9 million neurons (brain cells) are lost. Fortunately, Doylestown Health Stroke Services offers highly-specialized expertise and advanced stroke treatment options.

Revolutionary Stroke Treatment, Close to Home

Doylestown Health's innovative approach takes stroke care to another level by providing access to advanced stroke treatment not typically offered in a suburban hospital setting. Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy (IAT), commonly referred to as clot retrieval, is clinically shown to be a highly effective treatment for large artery occlusive stroke; improving outcomes and restoring a patient’s quality of life.

What is Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy (IAT)?

In simplest terms, IAT is the retrieval and removal of a clot blocking the blood flow to an artery. Upon arrival to the emergency room, a stroke patient is typically administered an intravenous dose of the clot-busting medication tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). If the patient does not respond to tPA, they are taken to the catheterization for the IAT procedure.

During IAT, an Interventional Cardiologist threads a catheter and highly specialized mechanical stent through the patient's groin artery, directly to the source of the clot that is causing the stroke. The Interventional Cardiologist then uses a retrievable stent to remove the clot, resolving stroke symptoms.

IAT is a Highly Effective Treatment for Large Vessel Blockages

Not available at all hospitals, IAT is a breakthrough in the treatment of stroke. Doylestown Health Interventional Cardiologists offer this advanced nonsurgical, catheter-based innovation to diagnose and treat blocked large vessels.

  • IAT improves patient outcomes for large vessel blockages by eliminating the transfer time to another facility.
  • Recent international clinical trials have demonstrated that stent retrievers (IAT), in conjunction with intravenous tPA, give patients with large vessel blockages better outcomes.
  • IAT increases the likelihood of independence after recovery and a quicker return to day-to-day activity a patient experience prior the stroke.

Hear from Beverly: Stroke Survivor, IAT Patient

About Stroke Care at Doylestown Health

The Joint Commission awarded Doylestown Hospital with the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers in recognition of our commitment to excellence in stroke care. Doylestown Hospital follows national guidelines that can greatly improve long-term outcomes for stroke patients.

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines® -- Stroke Gold Plus award and qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.