Mechanical thrombectomy in patients with large artery occlusion stroke

Author(s): Dr Paul Maliakal

Hospital: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 45, 533, 20-21

Excerpt: 

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death and leading cause of disability in the UK affecting one in six men and one in five women at least once in their lifetime. Mortality from stroke has fallen by approximately 50% in the last 15 years but approximately two-thirds of survivors suffer a disability. Disability, loss of productivity and dependency have devastating implications for the patient and their families. Caring for these patients costs the NHS approximately £3 billion per annum.

Stroke services in the UK have been evolving over the last 25 years by raising awareness through the ‘Act FAST’ campaign, raising the level of urgency by introducing terms such as ‘brain attack’ and slogans such as ‘time is brain,’ development of hyper acute stroke units (HASU)/comprehensive stroke centres (CSC) and advances in treatment such as newer clot-busting drugs and mechanical thrombectomy.

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