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National Investigational Trial for Emergency Stroke Care At CDH: One Illinois Hospital Tests New Device That May Reverse Brain Damage Up to 24 Hours After Stroke
Date:10/12/2009

over the next two years. The minimally invasive procedure lasts just 10-15 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia, much like a dental procedure.

It consists of:

- A miniature implantable neurostimulator (INS), an electrode-equipped implant, is placed near the SPG in the nasal canal. It is inserted near the third molar, making implantation a simple procedure.

- A transmitter is placed on the patient's cheek and held by a headset to transmit electrical energy from the driver to the implant.

- A controller is used to allow the healthcare professional to set treatment parameters and view system information.

"While the treatment of ischemic strokes has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last decade, this latest treatment would be a huge step forward because it could potentially extend the treatment window to 24 hours. Currently, the treatment window with FDA-approved devices is eight hours, or with another investigational device available at CDH and a few other centers is 14 hours," says Shownkeen.

Overview

Ischemic stroke is a devastating and potentially lethal event and is the second most common cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Ischemic stroke affects 750,000 Americans each year, claiming more than 150,000 lives annually.

During an ischemic stroke, blood flow to critical brain tissue is cut off and brain cells quickly begin to die. Medical attention is required immediately to prevent tissue damage.

The median time from symptom onset to emergency care ranges from four to 24 hours in the U.S. Multiple factors contribute to delays in seeking care for symptoms of stroke: patients are sleeping and symptoms are not discovered until the patient wakes; strokes may leave victims too incapacitated to call for help; occasionally, strokes go unrecognized by patients or their caregivers; patients in remote locations may be hours from a
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