The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is introducing a set of resources to help accelerate adoption of endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke, part of updated guidelines introduced last year.

Endovascular treatment is a clot-removal procedure which involves puncturing an artery in the groin and threading a thin wire tube into the brain until it reaches the blocked vessel in one of the large arteries. At the site of the blockage, a stent retriever is pushed into the clot, grabbing and removing it.

“Stroke patients deserve the best evidence-based care available,” said Colin Derdeyn, M.D., chair of Radiology at the University of Iowa and chair of the AHA/ASA Stroke Council. “The kit resources will help healthcare professionals better understand current treatment recommendations for acute ischemic stroke and identify opportunities to adjust their clinical approach.”

The materials include: the 2015 focused update to the 2013 Acute Ischemic Stroke Guidelines; a quick sheet including key takeaways and flow chart; a healthcare professional education presentation; and case studies.

The kit is sponsored by Medtronic. Additional materials in development will support patient and emergency medical services/pre-hospital education.