Dileep R. Yavagal, MD, FSVIN, interventional neurologist and chair of the leadership committee for MT2020+, a global initiative with the goal of accelerating worldwide access to rapid emergency mechanical thrombectomy (MT) for stroke due to large vessel occlusion (LVO), discusses the data and statistics that led the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) to spearhead this push for improved global availability and coverage for MT procedures. For more details about MT for LVO stroke from Dr Yavagal, click here.

While western Europe and the U.S. have recently made vast improvements in access to MT, with the U.S. performing approximately 40,000 procedures in 2019 versus 10,000 in 2016 (for an estimated 200,000–250,000 eligible cases), the rest of the globe accounts for about 80% of worldwide LVO stroke cases and has an exponentially greater need for rapid access to this life-saving and potentially vitality-preserving treatment.

Visit the MT2020+ website for access to their white paper and to learn more about how you can get involved.