MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Michael Hill, MSc, MD, FRCPC
Professor for the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, Medicine and Radiology University of Calgary
Director of the Stroke Unit
Calgary Stroke Program
Alberta Health Services
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: The HERMES collaboration is a pooled individual patient meta-analysis of recent endovascular ischemic stroke trials. The current analysis assesses the role of time to treatment and outcome.
We show that there is a clear relationship between time from onset-to-treatment and outcome, with treatment gradually becoming less effective as time elapses from stroke onset. Treatment was still effect, on average, out to just beyond 7 hours from stroke onset.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Ischemic stroke treatment is most effective when given very early and quickly after stroke onset.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Treat early and treat fast. Future studies must include this approach of fast treatment on to their study protocols.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: In order to achieve fast treatment success, stroke treatment is a team sport that must focus upon the entire workflow from stroke onset to reperfusion. There is no “i” in team and successful outcomes are built upon a strongly collaborative approach.
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