New treatments such as "neuro-rescue" stroke treatments are revolutionizing stroke care. The medical community is taking aim at improving the outcomes for stroke, currently the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disabilities in the U.S. - more.
Stroke outcomes can be improved as well if:
- Americans become much more aware of the warning signs of stroke - and of the urgent need for medical help if they experience one or more of them;
- Emergency medical and hospital admissions systems are established to ensure that anyone with stroke symptoms is taken to a stroke center and treated as soon as possible;
- More physicians are trained in interventional procedures to treat stroke. In interventional procedures, a physician inserts a catheter (thin tube) into an artery in the leg, arm or neck and guides it through the blood vessels to the site in the brain that is narrowed or blocked. He or she then delivers devices or other therapies through the catheter to open the blocked vessel and restore blood flow.
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