PODCAST: A New Era In Stroke Care – An Interview With Medtronic's Brett Wall
Positive data from five clinical trials and new treatment guidelines for mechanical thrombectomy devices have ushered in a new era in stroke care. In this first in a new series of podcasts, Medtech Insight spoke at the recent SNIS meeting with Brett Wall, vice president and president of the Neurovascular group at Medtronic, to find out what impact the trials and guidelines are having on stroke care, the market for mechanical thrombectomy devices, demand for Solitaire FR and the company's plans for innovation.
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The American Heart Association-sponsored conference in Nashville featured late-breaking presentations of data from several major neurointerventional device trials as well as meta-analysis and pooled results confirming the benefits of endovascular intervention in several difficult-to-treat populations of stroke patients.
Despite market headwinds, the endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke remains a growing and highly under-penetrated market opportunity valued at more than $1 billion worldwide. Although advances in neurothrombectomy devices, access catheters, imaging, and neuroprotective therapies have the potential to help expand the treatable population, positive Level I clinical evidence is needed to drive adoption and market growth.