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BrainWaves #139 The DAWN of a new age for stroke treatment

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities. Episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: May 16, 2019

It would be an understatement to say that endovascular thrombectomy has revolutionized acute stroke management. As of 2018, the American Heart Association recommends treatment up to 24 hours after time last seen normal for select patients. This week on the BrainWaves podcast, Dr. Tudor Jovin--PI for the DAWN and REVASCAT clinical trials--summarizes the history of thrombectomy trials and what it is about our current strategies that have breathed new life into a technique that has historically fizzled.

Produced by James E Siegler and Jesse Thon. Music courtesy of Cuicuitte, Coldnoise, Medyn, Jon Watts, Lee Rosevere, and Mystery Mammal. Sound effects by Mike Koenig and Daniel Simion. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (now X) @brainwavesaudio for the latest updates to the podcast.


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