Stroke Devices: Facing Challenges Head On
The International Stroke Conference, held in San Diego in February 2009, presented several device-based therapies and approaches that could offer improved outcomes for patients that suffer an acute ischemic stroke. The technologies discussed included mechanical thrombectomy devices, laser treatments, and combined therapy using ultrasound, microspheres, and thrombolytic drugs.
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At this February's International Stroke Conference held in Los Angeles, the latest advances in cerebrovascular disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention were highlighted, including cutting-edge endovascular therapies for use in acute ischemic stroke treatment and prevention, as well as new options for more deadly hemorrhagic stroke.
Medtech Insight interviews Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery and radiology at the State University of New York, Buffalo, a pioneer in the use of interventional technology for acute ischemic stroke. Siddiqui offers his perspective on the current state of endovascular devices for AIS, the unique challenges faced by physicians in this field, and the factors driving interest in stent-based technologies.
At this year's International Stroke Conference in San Antonio, some exciting device-based therapies and approaches were discusssed--including advanced imaging, multimodal therapy and stent-like thrombectomy devices--that may offer improved outcomes for patients that suffer an acute ischemic stroke.