Stroke

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for stroke. It includes both diagnosis and treatment of stroke, stroke imaging, pharmaceuticals and interventional stroke technologies. Stroke comes in two forms, which have different therapies.

1. Ischemic stoke is a blockage of an artery in the brain, preventing blood flow and is offen referred to as a "brain attack" because it is a similar casue as a heart attack. This type of stroke is often treated with anti-coagulants, including use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Interventional mechanical thrombectomy can also be used to remove the clot.

2. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused when there is bleeding due to a ruptured blood vessel in the brain caused by a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessels. These strokes are less common, but exact diagnosis is important, because use of tPA in these patients can have catastrophic consequences. Treatments include interventional embolization and surgical clipping of target vessels. 

The NIH is heading three studies looking at various blood thinners and anticoagulants to treat COVID-19 patients with VTE.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 11, 2020
September 11, 2020 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched two of three adaptive clinical trials...
Examples of pulmonary embolism clots caused by COVID-19 seen on a chest CT. From the journal Radiology

Examples of pulmonary embolism clots caused by COVID-19 seen on a chest CT. From the journal Radiology

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 03, 2020
September 3, 2020 — Why so many COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) patients get blood clots (thrombosis) remains uncertain. But...
A carotid artery atherosclerotic plaque blockage at the bifurcation seen here can cause strokes. The stenting these lesions is a less invasive way of treating than open vessel surgery. The SVS has issued guidelines to help guide credentialing for the carotid stent procedure. Image from Vital Images.

A carotid artery atherosclerotic plaque blockage at the bifurcation seen here can cause strokes. The stenting these lesions is a less invasive way of treating than open vessel surgery. The SVS has issued guidelines to help guide credentialing for the carotid stent procedure. Image from Vital Images.

News | Stroke | July 09, 2020
July 9, 2020 — The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has released a clinical competence statement on training and...
This is Figure 2 from the article in Radiology: Acute encephalopathy. A 60 year-old-man without history of seizures presenting with convulsion. (A-B) Multifocal areas of FLAIR hyperintensity in the right cerebellum (arrows in A), left anterior cingular cortex and superior frontal gyrus (arrows in B). (C-D) Restricted diffusion in the left anterior cingulate cortex, superior frontal and middle temporal gyrus (arrows in D) and right cerebellum (arrows in E), consistent with cerebellar diaschisis. #COVID19

This is Figure 2 from the article in Radiology: Acute encephalopathy. A 60 year-old-man without history of seizures presenting with convulsion. (A-B) Multifocal areas of FLAIR hyperintensity in the right cerebellum (arrows in A), left anterior cingular cortex and superior frontal gyrus (arrows in B). (C-D) Restricted diffusion in the left anterior cingulate cortex, superior frontal and middle temporal gyrus (arrows in D) and right cerebellum (arrows in E), consistent with cerebellar diaschisis. F) No hemosiderin deposits in gradient echo sequences.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 02, 2020
June 2, 2020 — Four recent radiology studies, from New York, Italy, Iran and China, show how COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)...
The Swiss-AF study shows High Incidence Of Silent Brain Infarcts Found in Anticoagulated Atrial Fibrillation Patients. #Heartrhythm2020 #HRS20 #HRS2020
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 08, 2020
May 8, 2020 – A new clinical study found that patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) experienced a high incidence of...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 01, 2020
Thomas Maddox, M.D., MSc, FACC, the chair of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Science and Quality Committee,...
Synaptive Medical, a leader in robotic surgical visualization, announced today the company has secured approval from Health Canada for Evry, the company’s superconducting, head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system
News | Stroke | February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020 — Synaptive Medical, a leader in robotic surgical visualization, announced today the company has...
he University of Wisconsin (UW) Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., recently became the first facility in the United States to install the Artis icono biplane angiography imaging system from Siemens Healthineers.
News | Angiography | February 12, 2020
February 12, 2020 — The University of Wisconsin (UW) Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., recently became the...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a the CATALYST trial designed to assess Abbott's Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder for people with atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib). 
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | February 03, 2020
February 3, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a the CATALYST trial designed to assess...
Append Medical, developer of a novel left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device to minimize stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, announced that it has been selected from among hundreds of startups as a finalist for the ICI Innovation Award Competition. It uses a transcatheter lasso system so no implant is left behind and eliminates the possibility of embolization.

Append Medical, developer of a novel left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device to minimize stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, announced that it has been selected from among hundreds of startups as a finalist for the ICI Innovation Award Competition. It uses a transcatheter lasso system so no implant is left behind and eliminates the possibility of embolization.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | December 18, 2019
December 18, 2019 — Append Medical, developer of a novel left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device to minimize stroke...
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News | AHA | November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019 — Frequent cannabis (marijuana) use among young people was linked to an increased risk of stroke, and...
The repuncturable Supera vascular mimetic peripheral stent system from Abbott Vascular was shown to manage bulky, heavily calcified CFA disease due to its extreme crush resistance in the VMI-CFA study. #VIVA #VIVA19 #VIVA2019

The repuncturable Supera vascular mimetic peripheral stent system from Abbott Vascular was shown to manage bulky, heavily calcified CFA disease due to its extreme crush resistance in the VMI-CFA study.

News | Stents Carotid | November 11, 2019
November 11, 2019 — Although common femoral artery (CFA) endarterectomy is still considered the gold standard treatment...
New Algorithm Expands Neurologists' Ability to Assess for Clot-removing Procedure
News | Stroke | October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019 — An algorithm developed by faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (...
79-year-old Tony Marovic had a right carotid endarterectomy shortly after discovering a 95 percent blockage of his carotid artery at a health and wellness screening event

79-year-old Tony Marovic had a right carotid endarterectomy shortly after discovering a 95 percent blockage of his carotid artery at a health and wellness screening event. Image courtesy of University Hospitals.

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019 — Health and wellness screenings are more than just nice events for the community – they can save...
Insomnia Tied to Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | August 19, 2019
August 19, 2019 — People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure...