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Stroke Thrombectomy

Clot Removal for Stroke Victims

St. Luke’s is the only health system in the region offering this expertise

When it comes to stroke, time is critical. The traditional treatment is the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which is given through an IV. But now, St. Luke’s is the only hospital in the region with the expertise to remove stroke-causing clots through an endovascular thrombectomy. With this procedure, more of the brain can be saved.

Stroke victims who arrive at St. Luke’s Emergency Department are immediately assessed and, if criteria is met, given a computed tomography (CT) and CT angiography (CTA). This allows physicians to determine the location and size of the clot. Large-vessel ischemic stroke patients may be good candidates for an endovascular thrombectomy.

This procedure is performed by interventional radiologists in the hybrid operating room. They insert a catheter into the patient’s leg and remove the clot, which can instantly restore blood flow to the brain. The sooner the patient is assessed and rushed into the hybrid OR, the better the outcomes.

To learn more, contact St. Luke's Stroke Program Coordinator Stan Sadenwasser, 218.249.5652,

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To establish care, call 218.249.4000.
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915 East First Street
Duluth, MN 55805