Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the top cause of disability; thus representing a significant public health problem worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke.
Stroke from blockage of major blood vessels, known as acute ischemic stroke, causes lasting brain damage and is devastating to patients. This type of stroke becomes a ready-made target for procedures that reopen the vessel and restore blood flow easily performed using “endovascular” (from within the blood stream) techniques. Cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeons have long been at the forefront of these type of procedures.