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. 

CLEAR III trial, hemorrhagic stroke, tPA, International Stroke Conference

Before (left) and after (right) scan of the brain of a CLEAR III patient. A ventricular catheter has been used to administer tPA. The volume of blood from an intraventricular hemorrhage (white-grey mass in the middle of the brain) is significantly reduced post-treatment. Image courtesy of CLEAR III.

News | Stroke | February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016 — Using clot-busting drugs to clear blood from the brain’s ventricles may be the first effective...

stroke risk, cardiovascular surgery vs stenting, CREST trial, UAB, NEJM
News | Stroke | February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016 — Investigators for the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial (CREST)...

Mercy St. Vincent, northwest Ohio, mobile stroke unit, Ceretom CT scanner
News | Stroke | February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016 — Samsung NeuroLogica and Mercy Life Flight Network announce the debut of the mobile stroke unit (...

Watchman, LAA closure device, cost effectiveness, VIvek Reddy, stroke reduction, study
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | January 06, 2016

January 6, 2016 — A new study determined that the...

recurrent stroke risk, low blood flow, vertebrobasilar region, NOVA, UIC
News | Stroke | December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015 — Patients who have had a ...

Boston Scientific, Watchman FLX, LAA closure device, CE mark, first European implants
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 — Boston Scientific announced the first implants of the Watchman FLX...

StopAfib.org, atrial fibrillation, AF-related stroke, patient engagement materials

Infographic courtesy of StopAfib.org
 

News | Stroke | November 03, 2015

November 3, 2015 — In recognition of World Stroke Day, the patient-focused organization StopAfib.org launched a...

RESPECT trial, long-term study results, TCT 2015, PFO closure, recurrent cryptogenic stroke

Image courtesy of GE Healthcare

Feature | Stroke | October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 — Long-term study results from the RESPECT trial found that closing a patent foramen ovale (PFO)...

acute ischemic stroke, larger thrombi retrieval, improved neurological recovery, ESC 2015, MR CLEAN trial, sub-study
Feature | Thrombectomy Devices | September 02, 2015

September 2, 2015 — Retrieval of larger thrombi during...

News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2015

September 1, 2015 — The first-ever two-year outcomes from the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the Field -...

stroke risk
News | Cardiovascular Clinical Studies | August 28, 2015

Most people assume strokes only happen to octogenarians, but recent evidence suggests that survivors of childhood...

Boehringer Ingelheim, RE-DUAL PCI, RE-CIRCUIT, Pradaxa, first U.S. patients,
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | August 05, 2015

August 5, 2015 — Boehringer Ingelheim announced the first U.S. patients have been enrolled in two of the company's...

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