Stroke Shouldn't Be a Life Sentence.

Recognize The Symptoms

The National Stroke Association developed the acronym FAST to help people remember and identify the signs of stroke.

F – FAST is the acronym to help people remember the signs of stroke

Does one side of your face droop?

A - FAST is the acronym to help people remember the symptoms of stroke

Does one arm drift downward?

S - FAST is the acronym set forth by the National Stroke Association

Is speech slurred or strange?

T - FAST Remember to act quickly to spot the signs of stroke

If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately

Types of stroke: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic

What is Stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the #5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.2

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.2

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Why are Level 1 Stroke Centers Important?

  • Offers dedicated neuro-intensive care unit
  • Offers dedicated stroke unit
  • Performs a minimum of 50 mechanical thrombectomies (clot removals) per year
  • Offers neurosurgical services on site

Treatment Options

Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is considered the first line treatment for ischemic stroke but must be administered within three hours of having a stroke or up to 4.5 hours in certain eligible patients.3

  • 1 in 3 patients who receive tPA promptly resolve their symptoms or have major improvement in their stroke symptoms; stroke patients who receive it within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost three times more likely to recover with little or no disability.4
  • The most common reason for not treating with tPA is timing – only 22 to 31 percent of stroke patients present to the emergency department within three hours of symptom onset.5

Thrombectomy - A Procedure on The Rise in Stroke Treatment

During a minimally invasive procedure known as a thrombectomy, a tube (catheter) is threaded through an artery to the brain so the blood clot can be physically captured and removed with a stent retriever.

  • In a recent study, the investigators found a 91% estimated probability of functional independence in eligible stroke patients6 who received treatment with a stent retriever within 2.5 hours.
  • The latest innovation on the market is the EMBOTRAP®III Revascularization Device, indicated for use within eight hours of symptom onset and in patients who are ineligible for tPA or who fail tPA therapy.
  • Until recently, thrombectomy was the only effective if performed within six hours from the onset of stroke symptoms. But new recommendations released in 2018 by AHA/ASA indicate that, in some cases, some patients may benefit from having the procedure even up to 24 hours after suffering a stroke.7
Patient and doctor discussing a prevention plan to reduce the risk of stroke

Talk to a Doctor About a Prevention Plan

Your plan may include:

  • Managing High Blood Pressure
  • Controlling Cholesterol
  • Manage Blood Glucose
  • Being Active
  • Eating Better
  • Losing Weight
  • Quit Smoking / Tobacco / Vaping
  • Take prescribed medication and checking with doctor before making any changes
Women are at a higher risk and likelihood of having a stroke

Women are at Higher Risk of Stroke8

  • One in 5 women will have a stroke
  • About 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year
  • Stroke is the #4 cause of death in women
  • Stroke kills over 80,000 women a year

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  1. Virani SS, Alonso A, Benjamin EJ, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, Carson AP, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2020 update: a report from the American Heart Association external icon. Circulation. 2020;141(9):e139–e596.
  2. American Stroke Association About Stroke. Accessed 6/24/2021.
  3. ucm_430859 (Accessed: May 10, 2021)
  4. ucm_462739 (Accessed: May 10, 2021)
  5. ucm_480195 (Accessed: May 10, 2021)
  6. Goyal M et al. Radiology. 2016;270(3):888-97
  7. More Stroke Patients may Receive Crucial Treatments Under New Guidelines (Accessed: May 10, 2021)
  8. Risk of stroke in women infographic (Accessed: May 10, 2021)


As with any surgical procedure, mechanical thrombectomy may present risks. Patients should consult with their doctors to discuss which type of procedure may be appropriate for them. (Or Consult your physician to find out if mechanical thrombectomy is right for you.)

The information contained in this material is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.

You should talk to your doctor about what to expect and follow your surgeon’s advice regarding activities after surgery.

Surgery using EMBOTRAP®III Revascularization Device carries significant risks which should be discussed in detail with your doctor. Only your doctor can advise you whether the benefits of this procedure outweigh the risks in your situation, and whether this device and procedure are right for you. The success of this procedure depends on many factors, including your physical condition, your body’s ability to tolerate the procedure and its responses to the device. Use care in the selection of your doctors and hospital, based on their skill and experience. Ask your doctor for more detailed information about this device, go to and discuss this information with your doctor.

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