Podcast features CLAHRC evidence on extended thrombectomy treatment times to improve stroke care

CLAHRC researcher Dr Elena Pizzo is featured in a new podcast hosted by the International Journal of Stroke.

Dr Pizzo (below) a health economist discusses her work to improve the treatment of stroke patients in the crucial first 24 hours after the condition strikes with Managing Editor of the Journal Carmen Lahiff-Jenkin

Ischaemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, occurring when a blood clot blocks an artery cutting blood flow to part of the brain. Stroke can lead to coma, severe disability and eventually death if not treated promptly. The podcast is based on a paper Dr Pizzo published earlier this year which demonstrated the benefit of mechanical thrombectomy performed between 6 and 24 hours in acute ischemic stroke.

Mechanical clot retrieval (thrombectomy) is an intervention to remove clots when the current medical treatment (thrombolysis) is not sufficient to dissolve them.

Current economic evidence supports the intervention only within 6 hours, but the published research showed that extended thrombectomy treatment times, of up to 24 hours, may result in better long-term outcomes for a larger cohort of patients.

In the podcast, Elena presents the results of the paper and discusses the implementation of its findings in the UK

Pizzo, E., Dumba, M., & Lobotesis, K. (2019).
Cost-utility analysis of mechanical thrombectomy between 6 and 24 hours in acute ischemic stroke.
International Journal of Stroke