"It's a gigantic change for the individual," he said. "It would make it easier to return to a normal life. Maybe they won't be dependent on a bunch of health care measures; maybe they'd be able to live at home."
The researchers discovered that special receptor cells are produced when a stroke occurs, which in turn constrict blood vessels and cut off blood circulation to the brain. The new drug prevents the blood vessels from tightening, markedly lessening the risk of brain damage.