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Time window to help people who’ve had a stroke longer than previously shown

Time window to help people who’ve had a stroke longer than previously shown

UCLA-led study shows that stent retrievers can provide benefits more than seven hours after onset

Article by: Enrique Rivero | September 27, 2016

Time is of the essence when getting people stricken with acute ischemic strokes to treatment. And the use of stent retrievers — devices that remove the blood clot like pulling a cork out of a wine bottle — has proven to be a breakthrough for removing the life-threatening blockage of blood flow to the brain. (more…)

SAFE motivates and inspires to fight both stroke and prejudices

SAFE motivates and inspires to fight both stroke and prejudices

The formation of SAFE in 2004 was the first step in a journey of consolidation, expansion and a quest for sustainability, all of which are necessary requirements to enable influencing and campaigning over the sustained periods of time needed to effect real improvement and change.

This is a constant struggle, some SSO’s have ceased to exist, but overall there are now more than 30 SSO’s in Europe, and over a dozen now employ paid staff, supported by volunteers, many of whom are stroke survivors or family members. One of the youngest SSOs in SAFE, yet very active and enthusiastic about the cause is the SSO from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. We spoke with Maja Bozinovska, neurologist and the President of the “Здружение за борба против мозочен удар” about their SSO’s membership at SAFE, what does it mean for their organisation, but also what is the work they do and challenges they meet every day. (more…)

The challenges are to design more effective ways of preventing stroke

The challenges are to design more effective ways of preventing stroke

As more people survive stroke, the burden of care and support is great and increasing. However, the implementation of guidelines, interventions and organized stroke care varies across Europe, contributing to variations of outcomes for stroke survivors.

The challenges are to go back to designing more effective ways of preventing stroke, said Prof. Charles Wolfe from King’s College London, the lead researcher of the Burden of Stroke Report.

King’s College London has been commissioned by the Stroke Association in the UK, on behalf of the Stroke Alliance for Europe, SAFE, to undertake a project on the burden of stroke and how patients’ needs are met by health care provision in Europe. (more…)

New devices causing ‘paradigm shift’ in stroke care

New devices causing ‘paradigm shift’ in stroke care

New devices called stent retrievers, which effectively reverse strokes, have revolutionized the treatment of certain stroke patients, says sciencedaily.com citing an article in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics.

“Stent retrievers are a major advance in acute ischemic stroke care and will have significant impact on the evolution of stroke systems of care,” according to the article by Loyola Medicine neurologists Rick Gill, MD and Michael J. Schneck, MD. Dr. Gill is the outgoing chief resident and Dr. Schneck is a professor in the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. (more…)

SAFE motivates and inspires to fight both stroke and prejudices

A historical moment for the fight against stroke in Portugal: Portugal AVC is here

September 23rd, 2016, is a day that can be in the history of the fight against stroke in Portugal: The 1st associative entity was founded, and is officially legalized, nationwide, led by survivors of stroke, although including families, health professionals, caregivers and friends who embrace this cause. The name of this newly founded stroke support organisation is the PT.AVC – Union of Survivors, Family and friends, also known as “Portugal AVC“. (more…)

What if everyone over 55 was offered a pill to prevent heart attacks and strokes?

What if everyone over 55 was offered a pill to prevent heart attacks and strokes?

The author of the article: Richard Smith, Chair of Patients Know Best and icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and former editor of the BMJ.

Article published on: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/

Cardiovascular disease accounts for just over a quarter of deaths (27 per cent) in Britain and costs the economy £15 billion a year, £11 billion of which are the costs of health care. Each year 41,000 people die prematurely (under 75) from cardiovascular disease. We know how to prevent half, and possibly three-quarters, of these deaths, but at the moment we are failing to do so. (more…)