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1 Beyond the Basics of Stroke Evaluation Rebbeca Grysiewicz, DO Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center Beaumont Health System- Royal Oak

2 Disclosures  None

3 Objectives  Discuss brief overview of stroke epidemiology  Review endovascular reperfusion therapy updates  Analyze the role of stroke mobile units

4 During a stroke 32,000 neurons die per second…

5 The brain ages 3.6 years each hour without treatment during an ischemic stroke.

6 Epidemiology  Annually, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke  One-third of these individuals die and another one- third are left permanently disabled  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a stroke occurs every 5 seconds

7 Epidemiology  In the United States, approximately 795,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke each year  About 600,000 are new strokes and 195,000 are recurrent strokes  A stroke occurs approximately every 40 seconds, which is 2160 strokes per day

8 Epidemiology  In the U.S., stroke is the primary cause of long term disability with an estimated 6.5 million survivors among adults age 20 and older (2.6 million males and 3.9 million females)  The estimated 2015 direct and indirect cost of stroke is $95 billion

9 Epidemiology  Stroke mortality extends beyond 150,000 people annually  Stroke is now the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the second leading cause of death globally  Stroke accounts for nearly 1 out of every 16 deaths in the U.S. and approximately 10% of all deaths worldwide

10 Epidemiology  Stroke can either be ischemic (an occlusion of a blood vessel) or hemorrhagic (a rupture of a blood vessel)  Hemorrhagic strokes include intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

11 Epidemiology

12  Of all strokes in the U.S., 87 percent are ischemic, 10 percent are ICH and 3 percent are SAH  Ischemic strokes are further classified into subtypes according to the mechanism of injury

13 Pathophysiology  The degree of damage is dependent on duration of ischemia and degree of collateral flow  Normal cerebral blood flow is greater than 50mL/100mg/min, but if blood flow is decreased to less than 10mL/100mg/min, irreversible neuronal death occurs quickly

14 Pathophysiology  Blood flow between 11 and 20 mL/100mg/min is thought to represent the ischemic penumbra  This is an area of neurons that are ischemic, but still viable if blood flow is restored  The ischemic penumbra is the target of most acute stroke interventions in which recanalization of a vessel should theoretically restore perfusion to the penumbra

15 Pathophysiology

16 Acute management: thrombolysis  IV thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is the only FDA approved drug treatment for acute ischemic stroke  Endogenous tissue-plaminogen activators convert plasminogen to plasmin, an enzyme that catalyzes fibrin breakdown  Fibrinolysis is strongly enhanced by rt-PA

17 Acute management: thrombolysis

18  Double blinded placebo-controlled trial with 624 patients randomized to IV rt- PA or placebo  Patients who received rt-PA within 3 hours had more favorable outcomes and were 30% more likely to have minimal or no disability at 3 months (odds ratio 1.7, 95% CI 1.2 to 2.6)

19 Modified Rankin Scale (mRS) The scale runs from 0-6, running from perfect health without symptoms to death. death  0 - No symptoms.  1 - No significant disability. Able to carry out all usual activities, despite some symptoms.  2 - Slight disability. Able to look after own affairs without assistance, but unable to carry out all previous activities.  3 - Moderate disability. Requires some help, but able to walk unassisted.  4 - Moderately severe disability. Unable to attend to own bodily needs without assistance, and unable to walk unassisted.  5 - Severe disability. Requires constant nursing care and attention, bedridden, incontinent.  6 - Dead.

20 Acute management: thrombolysis  Only a select group of patients are eligible to received rt-PA  The major adverse affect of rt-PA is hemorrhage  The symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage rate in the NINDS trial was 6.4%  Symptomatic ICH was seen primarily from hemorrhagic transformation of the ischemic infarct

21 Acute management: thrombolysis  An additional landmark study was the European Cooperative Acute Stroke Study (ECASS) III published in the New England Journal of Medicine in September 2008  It is a double-blinded placebo-controlled study with 821 patients randomized to IV rt-PA or placebo

22 Acute management: thrombolysis  Patients who received intravenous rt-PA administered between 3 and 4.5 hours after the onset of symptoms had statistically significant improved clinical outcomes compared with placebo (52.4% vs. 45.2%; P=0.04)  The incidence of symptomatic ICH was higher with rt- PA than placebo (2.4% vs. 0.2%; P=0.008), but mortality did not significantly differ between the two groups

23 Acute management: thrombolysis  In May 2009, the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association released a Science Advisory recommending the expansion of the time window for treatment of acute ischemic stroke with rt-PA from 3 hours to 4.5 hours after onset of symptoms

24 Acute management: thrombolysis  However, the FDA has declined to extend the approved time window for IV-tPA administration beyond 3 hours

25 Acute management: endovascular thrombolysis  Endovascular therapy for acute ischemic stroke includes intra-arterial fibrinolysis, mechanical clot retrieval or a combination of the two  There has been a 6 fold increase in endovascular treatment from 2004 to 2009 (0.1% vs 0.6%; P<0.001)  Mortality decreased (OR=0.7; P=0.007), but moderate to severe disability increased from (OR=1.4; P=0.0002)

26 Acute management: endovascular thrombolysis  4 mechanical devices with FDA clearance: Merci Retrieval System (2004), the Penumbra System (2007), the Solitaire Flow Restoration Device (2012), and the Trevo Retriever (2012)  Devices are cleared as mechanical means for recanalization of acutely occluded arteries based on studies without noninterventional control groups

27 Acute management: endovascular thrombolysis

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31 Acute Management: endovascular thrombolysis  3 endovascular thrombectomy trials were highlighted at the 2013 International Stroke Conference  IMS III  MR RESCUE  SYNTHESIS Expansion

32 Acute Management: endovascular thrombolysis  All 3 trials failed to show a statistically significant difference between the endovascular therapy group and the best medical management group (which could include IV-tPA) as measured by an mRS of 2 or less

33 MR CLEAN: A Randomized Trial of Intra-arterial Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke  Multicenter Randomized Clinical trial of Endovascular treatment for Acute ischemic stroke in the Netherlands  Published January 1, 2015  500 patients with large vessel occlusion(LVO) confirmed by CTA were randomized to intra-arterial treatment (n=233) or medical management (n=267) within 6 hours of symptom onset  32.6% of patients who received endovascular treatment achieved a good functional outcome (mRS 0-2) compared to 19.1% of patients who received medical management Berkhemer OA et al. N Engl J Med 2015;372:11-20.

34 MR CLEAN: A Randomized Trial of Intra-arterial Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke Berkhemer OA et al. N Engl J Med 2015;372:11-20.

35 Acute Management: endovascular thrombolysis  3 endovascular thrombectomy trials were highlighted at the February 2015 International Stroke Conference in Nashville, TN  ESCAPE  EXTEND-IA  SWIFT PRIME

36 Acute Management: endovascular thrombolysis  All 3 trials showed a statistically significant difference between the endovascular therapy group and the best medical management group (which could include IV-tPA) as measured by an mRS of 2 or less

37 ESCAPE: Randomized Assessment of Rapid Endovascular Treatment Ischemic Stroke  Published February 11, 2015  Trial was stopped early because of efficacy  316 patients with proximal large vessel occlusion (LVO) and good collateral circulation confirmed by CTA were randomized to endovascular intervention (n=165) or medical management (n=150) within 12 hours of symptoms onset  Rates of functional independence (mRS 0-2) at 90 days was statistically significant for the endovascular intervention group compared to the control group (53.0% vs. 29.3%; p< 0.001)  Endovascular intervention was associated with reduced mortality (10.4% vs 19.0%; p=0.04) Goyal M et al. N Engl J Med DOI: /NEJMoa

38 ESCAPE: Randomized Assessment of Rapid Endovascular Treatment Ischemic Stroke Goyal M et al. N Engl J Med DOI: /NEJMoa

39 EXTEND-IA: Endovascular Therapy for Ischemic Stroke with Perfusion-Imaging Selection  Published February 11, 2015  Trial was stopped early due to efficacy  70 patients with internal carotid or middle cerebral artery occlusion, salvageable brain tissue, and ischemic core < 70 ml confirmed by CTP were randomized to endovascular thrombectomy with the Solitaire FR stent retriever (m=35) or alteplase alone (n=35) within 4.5 hours of symptom onset  The endovascular reperfusion group achieved greater reperfusion at 24 hours (median, 100% vs. 37%; p,0.001) and increased early neurologic improvement at 3 days (80% vs. 37%, p=0.002) as measured by the NIHSS  No significant difference in mortality or symptomatic ICH Campbell BC et al. N Engl J Med DOI: /NEJMoa

40 EXTEND-IA: Endovascular Therapy for Ischemic Stroke with Perfusion-Imaging Selection Campbell BC et al. N Engl J Med DOI: /NEJMoa

41 SWIFT PRIME  Results presented at ISC on February 11, 2015  Trial was stopped early due to efficacy  196 patients with large vessel occlusion (LVO) confirmed by CTA or MRA were randomized to endovascular treatment with the Solitaire FR stent retriever (n=98) or alteplase alone (n=98) within 6 hours of symptom onset  The OR for mRS shift at 90 days in the endovascular treatment group compared to the alteplase alone group was statistically significant (p=0.0002), and good functional outcome (mRS 0-2) was achieved in 60.2% of the patients in the endovascular treatment group compared to 35.5% of the patients in the control group (p=0.0008) Saver J. International Stroke Conference 2015 Invited Presentation. Presented February 11, 2015.

42 SWIFT PRIME: Secondary Endpoints Endpoints Endovascular Treatment ControlP Value mRS score of at 90 d (%) Mortality (%) Mean improvement in NIHSS score at 27 h (points) <.0001 Saver J. International Stroke Conference 2015 Invited Presentation. Presented February 11, 2015

43 Impact on acute stroke treatment  All 4 trials showed statistically significant evidence of endovascular treatment in select acute ischemic stroke patients  Selection of patients should be confirmed by vascular imaging  IV rt-PA should always be the first line treatment for eligible acute ischemic stroke patients  On average approximately 5% of stroke patients receive acute stroke treatment  We need to continue to improve community and physician awareness

44 Mobile Stroke Units  Mobile Stroke Units debuted in Cleveland and Houston during the past year  Units resemble a typical ambulance, but are equipped with a portal CT scanner, lab testing capabilities and the ability to administer IV-tPA  Mobile Stroke Units cost about $1 million and are staffed with a critical care nurse, a paramedic and CT technology expert  Physicians are able to remotely evaluate a patient with two-way video conferencing

45 Mobile Stroke Units  In Cleveland, the stroke unit operates from 8 am to 8 pm daily  Researchers found that on average patients received a CT scan 20 minutes faster than through the EC  There was also a significant reduction in average treatment time for the mobile stroke unit (64 minutes) compared to the emergency room (104 minutes) Hussain MS. International Stroke Conference 2015.

46 More research is needed to determine if Mobile stroke units lead to overall better stroke outcomes and if they are cost effective in different locations.

47 Conclusion  Every minute 1.9 million neurons die during a stroke  Just because we have 4.5 hours to administer IV rt-PA, does not mean that we should wait 4.5 hours to give IV rt-PA  Endovascular reperfusion therapy is beneficial for appropriately selected stroke patients  Time is brain!

48 Questions?  Thank you!


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