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World Stroke Congress 2018: key news stories and hot topics

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Find out about the headlines from the 11th World Stroke Congress (17–20 October 2018, Montreal Canada) below, which features key news stories from the conference. Highlights include:

1-hour delays could result in poorer outcomes for people with stroke

An international group of clinicians have reported that every hour of delay for stroke patients may result in shortened or diminished quality of life, as well as substantially higher healthcare and societal costs.

It is extremely important to treat stroke patients as soon as possible in order to increase their chances of recovery. A Canadian-led international study presented at the 11th World Stroke Congress quantifies how important every hour can be – both for patients and for costs to society and the healthcare system.

The study was led by clinicians at the University of Calgary (Canada), who reported that every hour of delay resulted in shortened or diminished quality of life, as well as substantially higher healthcare and societal costs.

In the study, international collaborators examined outcome records and treatment costs for patients who had an ischemic stroke and were eligible for endovascular thrombectomy. The procedure has demonstrated remarkable results in studies, reducing the overall rate by 50% and greatly diminishing the lasting effects of stroke in many patients.

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