By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter


FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Too few Americans have quick access to a medical center that can perform a procedure to remove stroke-causing blood clots, new research shows.

For the study, researchers examined nationwide availability of endovascular thrombectomy — removal of a blood clot with a mechanical device that’s threaded through an artery.

It improves patients’ outcomes if it’s performed within 24 hours of a stroke, according to the study authors.

The investigators found that just under 20% of Americans are within 15 minutes, by ambulance, of