Now Available: Acute Stroke Therapy Articles From Stroke

A New Era in Acute Stroke Therapy
Understanding and Applying the New Endovascular Trials 


Stroke Cover May 2015

A Special Article Collection from Stroke

The results of the four recently presented/published trials for acute ischemic stroke herald the dawn of a new era in the treatment of patients with large vessel occlusion amenable to endovascular intervention. Additional trials are underway or have been stopped earlier because of the positive results observed in the initial trials. Hopefully, the ongoing trials will largely amplify and build upon the results observed in the MR CLEAN, ESCAPE, EXTEND-IA and SWIFT PRIME trials. At this time it is important for the medical community,health care planners and policy makers to have interpretation and guidance from experts about the trial results currently available for help in steering them as to how the trial results should be utilized in daily practice and for the local organization of acute stroke care. To accomplish this goal, Stroke invited a panel of experts with a wide range of backgrounds to provide insights. . . .

EDITORIAL: The Dawning of a New Era in Acute Stroke Therapy
Marc Fisher, Editor-in Chief
Ajay Wakhloo

Interventionalist Perspective on the New Endovascular Trials
Laurent Pierot, Colin Derdeyn
Abstract | PDF

Stroke Neurologist's Perspective on the New Endovascular Trials
James Grotta, Werner Hacke
Abstract | PDF

The Relevance of Imaging in Current Acute Ischemic Stroke Workflow for Endovascular Therapy
Bijoy Menon, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Levi, Mayank Goyal
Abstract | PDF

Endovascular Clot Retrieval Therapy—Implications for the Organization of Stroke Systems of Care in North America
Eric Smith, Lee Schwamm
Abstract | PDF

Implication of the Recent Positive Endovascular Intervention Trials for Organizing Acute Stroke Care: European Perspective
Turgut Tatlisumak
Abstract | PDF

Acute Reperfusion Therapy and Stroke Care in Asia after Successful Endovascular Trials
Kazunori Toyoda, Masatoshi Koga, Mikito Hayakawa, Hiroshi Yamagami
Abstract | PDF

New Stroke CME/CE Activities

Key sessions from the 2015 International Stroke Conference are now available on-demand at and offer CME/CE credit. Topics include:

Related Stroke Webinars

Acute Ischemic Stroke Treatment: Recent Evidence and Its Implications
Mayank Goyal, Presenter
Presented March 4, 2015

SUMMARY: Acute ischemic stroke due to large vessel occlusion is a serious disease with very high morbidity and mortality. Recent randomized controlled trials (MR CLEAN, ESCAPE, EXTEND IA) have shown the benefit of endovascular treatment. There are other trials like SWIFT PRIME and REVASCAT, which have either been stopped or put on hold; these results are also likely to be available soon. This lecture will summarize the results of these trials, discuss its implications and key messages. In addition, there will be further discussion on future directions.

Endovascular Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke: Current Status and Future Directions
Tudor Jovin, MD, Presenter
Presented February 14, 2013

SUMMARY: This webinar examines the status of endovascular therapies as of 2013 when several important studies suggested support for new therapies with important implications for clinical practice. The 2013 webinar reviews the challenges presented by the need to correctly identify patients who might benefit from the new therapies without delaying other treatment options for those who do not and provides an overview of 1) time-based versus tissue based patient selection, 2) the available imaging selection methods, 3) available recanalization tools, 4) the limitations of current approaches, and 4) major challenges facing the field.

Stroke Webinar Library

Did you miss a presentation? You may watch presentations as many times as you wish either in the library below or through the American Heart Association's Professional Education Center. Slides are not available to download. Stroke Webinars, 1 through 21, are now available through the American Heart Association's Professional Education Center. Registration to access the webinars through Prof Ed is free at (How to Access Stroke Webinars on Instructions).

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Posted by Stacey Sims on May 5, 2015 4:04 PM America/Chicago