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Stroke Awareness

Visit the Know Stroke website to learn more about stroke and obtain Know Stroke materials such as brochures, posters, and this video.

New Breakthrough in Acute Stroke Therapy

Acting Director's Message from Walter Koroshetz, M.D.Acute stroke therapy finally turned a historic corner. On February 11th, four randomized controlled trials were reported at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Each trial, outlined in the table below, demonstrated the striking benefit of catheter-based recanalization in patients with the most severe strokes. This breakthrough in acute stroke therapy echoes the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, where catheter-based treatments to open the occluded coronary artery have demonstrated lessened mortality.

My first exposures to the field were through reading reports from Germany. In 1983, Zeumer, Hacke and Ringelstein reported that three of five patients with usually fatal occlusion of the basilar artery improved after streptokinase, an agent known to dissolve blood clots, was injected by a catheter into the clot blocking the basilar artery. Read More ...


Labs at NINDS

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  • NIH-funded research lays groundwork for next-generation prosthetics
  • Learn more about disparities in pain care with this infographic
  • Dr. Francis Collins: Epilepsy Research Benefits from the Crowd
  • Cajal comes to America
  • BRAIN Initiative funding opportunities released
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