New treatment sharply reduces death and disability from major stroke with death rate cut in half
Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of stroke. Dramatic results from a new clinical trial are set to change the way many strokes are treated in Canada and around the world. A new treatment, using high-tech equipment and imaging to remove a clot through the patient’s blood vessels, restoring blood flow to the brain was shown to cut in half the death rate from major ischemic strokes in the ESCAPE trial, which was co-funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Many people who might have suffered a major neurological disability instead went home to resume their lives. While ET is not a new procedure, the ESCAPE trial tested its effectiveness in a new model of care.
Sculthorpe said the findings underline the need to act fast when someone has a stroke. He urged Canadians to learn FAST – an easy way to remember the major signs of stroke. FAST stands for: Face – is it drooping? Arms – can you raise both? Speech – is it slurred or jumbled? And Time – to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number right away.
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