Every 40 seconds a person has a stroke. The right treatment can be the difference between
life and death.

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Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year.
It is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in the U.S.

“When I realized how many people were involved in saving my life I felt a lot of humility. My gratitude was ongoing. And I regard it almost as a miracle.” Mary Smith, Stroke Survivor

Every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke in the United States
500,000+ the number of people in need of rehabilitation after a stroke

Dr. Michael Alexander
Los Angeles, CA

What if we had a more effective way to treat stroke patients, and ultimately save lives? We do.

Endovascular Treatment

brain iconStroke Surgery

Endovascular treatment is a type of minimally invasive stroke surgery that removes blood clots from blocked arteries.

brain iconSpeed Matters

Once a stroke happens, the sooner the neurointerventionalist restores blood flow, the greater the chance of a favorable recovery.

stethoscope iconTrained Specialists

Neurointerventionalists are doctors who specialize in treating vascular diseases of the brain and spine, such as stroke and aneurysms, using minimally invasive approaches.

ambulance iconAccessible Treatment

Everyone in the U.S. is within one hour of a neurointerventionalist, which means that they could quickly access the best possible care for the best possible patient outcome.

Endovascular treatment is the most effective stroke treatment for patients with large vessel occlusion.

“This breakthrough has the potential to improve the lives of the 15 million people who suffer strokes worldwide each year.”
ED MCCAULEY, PHD, VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

The number of strokes that are ischemic, caused by a clot in the brain
87%
5
years
The improved life expectancy of ischemic stroke patients who receive endovascular treatment versus those who do not
Endovascular treatment can reduce stroke mortality by half, meaning thousands more people can walk away from stroke if they get the right care
1000s of lives
87%
The number of strokes that are ischemic, caused by a clot in the brain
5
years
The improved life expectancy of ischemic stroke patients who receive endovascular treatment versus those who do not
1000s lives
Endovascular treatment can reduce stroke mortality by half, meaning thousands more people can walk away from stroke if they get the right care

Despite endovascular treatment’s proven outcomes,
few patients receive it.

“This is the most significant and fundamental change in acute ischemic stroke treatment in the last 20 years. These results will impact stroke care around the world.”
Michael Hill, MD, Professor, University of Calgary and Director, Alberta Health Services

less than 10%
of ischemic stroke patients receive endovascular treatment.

Interestingly, the most effective treatment for large vessel occlusion stroke patients – endovascular treatment – also makes the most financial sense.

Stroke costs the U.S. $34 billion each year, but rapid access to endovascular treatment could save billions in direct and indirect health care costs.

Dr. Joshua Hirsch
Boston, MA

Policies and regulations that guide stroke treatment vary widely by state. That means that even though you might live near a neurointerventionalist, your chances of a strong recovery from ischemic stroke aren’t guaranteed.

Together, we can strengthen stroke systems of care so that patients nationwide have access to endovascular treatment and the best possible chance for recovery.

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If you had a stroke, wouldn’t you want the
best treatment available?

Drs. Aquilla Turk, Raymond Turner, and Imran Chaudry
Charleston, SC

“Get Ahead of Stroke” is a national public education and advocacy campaign designed to improve systems of care for stroke patients. An initiative of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS), the campaign’s goal is to secure the best possible outcomes for stroke patients by driving policy change and public awareness nationwide.