“Ischemic stroke is a highly treatable neuro-emergency. For patients experiencing acute ischemic stroke … every second counts”
Saver (2006) Stroke 37:263-266
Ischaemic stroke (85% of all strokes) occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked, cutting of blood circulation to that part of the brain, resulting in a deteriorating loss of neurological function.
Clot-busting drugs are a highly effective treatment for ischemic strokes however it is crucial that a clinical diagnosis is reached as quickly as possible. Not only to ensure optimal patient recovery and minimise the associated financial costs, but to also guarantee that treatment is as safe and effective as possible.
Rapid diagnosis is key, regrettably this is not achievable with current technology.
Every minute during an ischemic stroke the brain loses:
Miles of Nerve Fibres
Saver (2006) Time is Brain. Stroke 37:263-266
Stroke costs the NHS £4.4b and the UK economy £9b per year
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Saka et al (2009) The cost of Stroke in the United Kingdom.
Age and Ageing 38:27-32