An initiative of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS), the campaign’s goal is to secure the best possible outcomes for severe stroke patients by driving policy change and public awareness nationwide.
Since 2016, Get Ahead of Stroke has worked across the country creating state legislative changes focused on bringing severe stroke patients to a Level 1 stroke center, where they would have access to a specially trained neuroendovascular care team that can help them 24/7/365.
Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in the U.S. Nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year, taking the lives of nearly 140,000 annually.
There are two kinds of stroke: ischemic (clot) and hemorrhagic (bleeding).
The vast majority of strokes — 87 percent — are ischemic strokes. Of patients with ischemic strokes, about half experience a severe stroke known as emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO). This means that a clot is blocking a large vessel and cutting off significant blood flow to the brain. ELVO stroke is the deadliest type and is responsible for the greatest proportion of patients with long-term disability.
Neuroendovascular stroke surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that re-establishes blood flow to the brain quickly and improves the chances of not only surviving a stroke, but making a full recovery.