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EuroPCR 2017 Highlights: Interventions for Stroke

Summary

Interventional treatment of stroke is the future! M. Roffi and Ö. Göktekin along with L. N. Hopkins, neurosurgeon, explain how interventional cardiologists can respond to this challenge. Robust data supporting mechanical treatment of acute stroke increases daily. Until recently we believed intervention worked only within a 6 hour window, but now, the newly released DAWN trial shows that patient selection, IV r-tPA + clot retrieval can have a positive benefit for up to 24 hours after a stroke. An army of interventionalists is needed to treat the millions of eligible patients!