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Study Results Show That Minimally Invasive Therapy is Successful for Over Two-Thirds of Stroke Patients Treated Outside the Standard Eight-Hour Window
Date:7/30/2009

essful restoration of blood flow, younger age, lower stroke severity (as indicated by the NIHSS), and male gender were identified.

According to Nogueira, the study serves as preliminary data for DAWN, a prospective randomized trial designed to assess the benefit of this approach as compared to standard medical therapy. "We look forward to exploring this preliminary data more in-depth in order to bring more clarity to the treatment of late-presenting stroke patients. The possibilities are exciting, as these findings could very well mean that thousands of patients who would not have been previous candidates for treatment could benefit from therapies that could restore their quality of life."

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 800,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Americans will pay close to $68.9 billion in 2009 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.

About SNIS

SNIS members are neurointerventional practitioners with backgrounds in neuroradiology, neurosurgery and neurology that come together in the shared discipline of neurointerventional surgery. Our practitioners specialize in minimally invasive and endovascular procedures to treat stroke, aneurysms, carotid stenosis and spine fractures. Over the past two decades, our physicians have made numerous contributions to the neurosciences including: advancing stroke treatment through catheter based therapy; innovating endovascular coiling for aneurysms; pioneering interventional procedures to treat fractures in the spine; and initiating the first-ever stroke registry to track procedural success in the treatment of acute stroke. More information on SNIS and our members' treatment specialties may be found at www.snisonline.org.


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