Medtronic recently announced that its Solitaire stent-retriever device has been FDA cleared. The revolutionary product is set to play a key part in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. The device is set to minimise most of the symptoms of a stroke including slurry speech and paralysis.
It’s instructed that the device should only be used within 6 hours of the stroke symptoms starting; and after patients have received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) treatment for ischemic stroke. Medtronics Solitaire stent-retriever device then works by administering a micro-sized catheter into the arteries within the brain, eliminating blood clots and re-establishing blood flow.
This is a very exciting breakthrough for people who suffer with stroke symptoms, with stroke being the leading cause of disability in the UK alone.
We are sure we speak for patients and families everywhere when we say, Projectus are very excited about how this is going to turn out and change the lives of a significant about of people across the globe.
A Few Facts About Stroke.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in England each year and a leading cause of premature death across the Western World. Over 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK, whilst not all are deadly; stroke remains the leading cause of disability.
Quick Tip To Lower Your Risk Of Stroke
One of the best ways to lower your risk of stroke is to reduce your salt intake. Your recommended daily allowance is less than 6g of salt each day. Shake that salt shaker less when adding your own and don’t forget most food comes with its salt content on the packaging.
A Reminder of The Signs and symptoms
If you think someone may be suffering from a stroke remember the acronym FAST
Face – the face may have dropped on one side; the person may have difficulty smiling on that side and the eye may have drooped.
Arms – get the person to lift both arms and hold it. Look out for difficulty to do so on one arm and/or numbness
Speech – look out for slurred or incoherent speech and be vigilant that the individual may not be able to talk at all despite being awake.
Time – if the symptoms match the points above dial 999 (or your national emergency number) immediately
Nicola Lawler, Head of Marketing At Projectus Consulting