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Stroke continues to be a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. It affects nearly 795,000 patients in the United States, resulting in increased disability and health care costs, and resource utilization. Stroke prevention and treatment require a multidisciplinary team of experienced providers to ensure appropriate stroke prevention strategies are performed, acute therapies are provided to eligible patients, as well as rehabilitation and recovery strategies are implemented. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to focus on all these aspects of stroke care to improve patient outcomes. Over the years, we have witnessed a significant transformation in acute stroke treatment. In 1995, the NINDS tPA trial showed a significant benefit of alteplase in improving the functional outcomes of patients with acute ischemic stroke and 20 years later, in 2015, several randomized controlled trials proved the benefit of mechanical thrombectomy using stent retrievers in patients with acute ischemic stroke due to a proximal large artery occlusion.. CONTINUE READING.....
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