What is EVT and how can this stroke treatment save millions of lives?

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EVT is according to the NY Times is a revolutionary new stroke treatment that can eventually save millions of lives provided it is implemented quickly. The problem is the system of care has not yet evolved to respond as quickly as needed to use it effectively. Endovascular thrombectomy or EVT involves making a small incision in the groin and threading a microcatheter through the body, northbound to the brain.   The clot is then extracted and pulled out through the groin, restoring proper blood flow and resolving the stroke symptoms immediately. The problem is getting the patient to the table in time as this is a highly complex process. There are a series of steps requiring layers of training and a rethinking of the protocols that move people around within the medical system. Read about this fascinating procedure in the NY Times magazine article below

This Revolutionary Stroke Treatment Will Save Millions of Lives. Eventually.

A procedure called EVT is creating radically better outcomes for patients, but only when it’s performed quickly enough — and that requires the transformation of an entire system of care.

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