More trained interventionalists needed to treat stroke “on the spot”

Nick Hopkins (Buffalo, USA) talks to BLearning Neuro at VEITH Symposium 2018 (13–17 November 2018, New York, USA) about the DAWN trial, which showed that in carefully selected acute ischaemic stroke patients that “intervention out to 24 hours is viable”.

“Stroke intervention is the next horizon in medicine,” says Hopkins, who also discusses the shortage of trained neurointerventionists who can perform stroke thrombectomy. “The only way we are going to solve this problem”, adds Hopkins, “is by training interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons interventionists in outlying areas who can perform endovascular treatment for stroke ‘on the spot.’”

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Hopkins, Nick

Dr Nick (L Nelson) Hopkins is a professor of radiology. He is the chair of neurosurgery, and a director at the Toshiba Stroke Research Center in the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (USA). He is considered a pioneer of stroke treatment and of the development of non-surgical therapies to treat stroke and carotid disease

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