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Doctors develop procedure to fight stroke

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A new clot busting procedure is helping doctors fight the deadliest kind of stroke.

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts deep in the brain.

Doctors say it is caused by high blood pressure and, in many cases, open brain surgery is required to remove the blood.

However, it is a risky procedure and could cause even more brain swelling.

Dr. Neil Martin is pioneering a minimally invasive way to reach the hemorrhage.

Dr. Martin said, “It involves a very precise insertion of a suction catheter that is guided using a GPS-like system.”

Doctors take CT scans of the brain to map out the point of entry.

The computerized 3D images are then loaded into a computer, where surgeons will use the images to guide them to the clot.