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Stroke Test

The Journal of The American Medical Association reports a study of 81 patients who had a previous stroke, or strokette, to determine if a new test could predict which of them were most likely to have an additional stroke.

They found that a very special X-ray-like test called a "pet scan" was able to determine a sub-group of these patients that had six fold greater chance of having a stroke than other patients.

This new test may help doctors determine if by-pass surgery can be used on patients like these to improve the circulation and prevent a new stroke.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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