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. 

recurrent stroke risk, low blood flow, vertebrobasilar region, NOVA, UIC
News | Stroke | December 23, 2015
December 23, 2015 — Patients who have had a stroke in the back of the brain are at greater risk of having another...
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 left atrial appendage closure (...
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 diverse...
cryptogenic stroke, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, new survey
News | Stroke | October 29, 2015
October 29, 2015 — Results from a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association found that...
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) with...
PET, imaging agent, hidden blood clots, MGH, radiopharmaceutical probe, 64Cu-FBP8
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | September 16, 2015
September 16, 2015 — A novel radiopharmaceutical probe developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has the...
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 intra-arterial treatment (IAT) is associated with improved...
News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2015
September 1, 2015 — The first-ever two-year outcomes from the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the Field - Atrial...
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...
carotid artery stenting, outcomes, JACC, Beau Hawkins, Robert Yeh, CARE Registry
Feature | Stents Carotid | July 13, 2015
July 13, 2015 - Hospitals performing carotid artery stenting vary considerably in rates of in-hospital stroke or death...
intracranial aneurysm, endovascular treatment, EVT, MRA, Naggara
News | Stroke | June 12, 2015
June 12, 2015 - Endovascular treatment (EVT) of intracranial aneurysm is effective in preventing long-term bleeding,...
Penumbra, ACE64, aspiration thrombectomy, acute ischemic stroke, FDA
Technology | June 05, 2015
June 5, 2015 - Penumbra Inc. announced that the company's ACE64 aspiration thrombectomy system received 510(k)...
Technology | June 01, 2015
June 1, 2015 — Silk Road Medical Inc. announced the company received U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k)...
NIH, stroke, MRI, CT, screening, door-to-treatment time, SMART study

New findings suggest that MRI machines (such as the one pictured above) may help quickly screen stroke patients for acute treatment. Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.

News | May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015 — According to a new study, small changes in quality improvement procedures enabled clinicians to use...