No. 3 Medical Innovation for 2019: Expanded Window for Acute Stroke Intervention

New guidelines may lower risk of disability and allow greater recovery

When it comes to stroke intervention, a timely response is critical. Prolonged lack of blood flow following a stroke can cause irreversible destruction, often resulting in disability. In many cases of stroke, intervention methods can be deployed to save tissue. But until now, intervention of a stroke has only been recommended within a limited window of time. Released this past year, new guidelines suggest an expanded window for treatment. This lengthened timeframe is anticipated to lower the risk of disability and provide opportunity for recovery to an increased number of future stroke patients.

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In this video, learn why an expanded window for acute stroke intervention is one of Cleveland Clinic’s top 10 medical innovations for 2019.