Reducing inflammation boosts cognitive recovery after stroke, may extend treatment window

Reperfusion therapy, the gold standard in stroke treatment, returns blood flow to the affected brain area and must be administered within four hours of stroke to minimize hemorrhage risk. Even with successful return of blood flow, full brain function recovery is rare. Medical University of South Carolina researchers have shown in a preclinical stroke model that adding a unique compound to reduce brain inflammation significantly improves cognitive recovery and extends the treatment window.