Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year.
It is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in the U.S.
What if we had a more effective way to treat stroke patients, and ultimately save lives? We do.
Endovascular treatment is a type of minimally invasive stroke surgery that removes blood clots from blocked arteries.
Once a stroke happens, the sooner the neurointerventionalist restores blood flow, the greater the chance of a favorable recovery.
Neurointerventionalists are doctors who specialize in treating vascular diseases of the brain and spine, such as stroke and aneurysms, using minimally invasive approaches.
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.
Despite endovascular treatment’s proven outcomes,
few patients receive it.
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.
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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“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.