This stupidity is why we need a stroke strategy so we solve the correct problems.
Much of this work is currently being done by neurointerventionalists. However, if this type of treatment is going to really ramp up and be applied more broadly, there probably are not enough dedicated specialists in this area without involving interventional cardiologists. Potentially, interventional cardiologists could bring added insights and skill sets from their years of working with acute MI patients. Of course, that will mean learning new knowledge about stroke care, about cerebrovascular anatomy, and about the devices that are used in acute stroke therapy. The paradigm that we have set up in interventional cardiology for timely treatment of acute MI does have many parallels to the evolution going on in the acute stroke world.
Also in this issue, continuing with the theme of stroke, interesting new data on the use of embolic protection during transcatheter aortic valve replacement are discussed. There is active discussion going on now in the interventional cardiology community about how and whether these technologies should be used during structural heart intervention.
Finally, this issue of Cardiology Today’s Intervention also features developments from the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy that are relevant to the broad variety of specialists caring for patients with vascular disease. This is part of our continuing effort to expand the types of meetings we cover and the types of vascular specialists we cater to in Cardiology Today’s Intervention.
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