ISC 2020 Stroke News (Day 1)

International Stroke Conference 2020 at Your Fingertips Stay up to date on all things ISC with the free mobile app. Search “AHA Conferences” in Google Play or the App Store. WEDNESDAY February 19, 2020 February 19-21, 2020 | Los Angeles, California STROKE NEWS #ISC20 Neuro-Interventional Track to focus on improving endovascular therapy outcomes Poster tours, sessions start today 8 INSIDE Science & Technology Hall map 9 Purchase video of top presentations with synchronized slides to watch on any device with Stroke OnDemand™. Miss a session? Five sessions will all emphasize getting patients into the procedure room as soon as possible. Goyal Fifi T here will be practical information presented in every session, and much of it will be about optimizing the workflow so you can get patients quickly from the door of the hospital into the procedure room,” said Johanna Fifi, MD, associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Over the past five years, endovascular therapy preceded by intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase has become standard treatment for stroke patients with acute cerebral ischemia caused by large vessel occlusion. “There has been a phenomenal amount of positive news in terms of what we’ve been able to Inaugural lecture paves way for reducing racial, ethnic disparities D ecades of research into racial and ethnic disparities in stroke care and outcomes are starting to fuel successful pilot interventions, said presenters at Tuesday’s ISC 2020 Pre-Conference III. HEADS-UP: Health Equity and Actionable Disparities in Stroke: Understanding and Problem- solving. “We know that there are large gaps in care and outcomes for African Americans compared to whites,” said Ralph Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, who delivered the inaugural Edgar J. Kenton III Lecture, “Stroke Disparities: From Observations to Actions,” during the symposium. Sacco developed the Florida- Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities (CReSD), which created a disparity dashboard for Florida hospitals. In measures such as defect-free care and door-to-needle time, top-performing Florida hospitals have virtually eliminated treatment disparities among black, white and Hispanic patients. Disparities still remain in other areas, including the use of tPA. But they have declined significantly as hospitals see their T he American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and taking necessary precautions during the 2020 International Stroke Conference. In response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), commonly referred to as the coronavirus, the AHA/ASA is following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. ISC staff have been in daily communication with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board to track the situation locally See CORONAVIRUS , page 10 See NEURO-INTERVENTIONAL , page 5 WHO travel tips for the public • Frequently wash hands with soap and water or clean hands by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue, throw away used tissues immediately, and wash hands. • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough. • If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider. Sacco AHA/ASA takes coronavirus safety precautions at ISC 2020 See DISPARITIES , page 10