Improving stroke care across the world: the Angels Initiative

Volume 4 Issue 2
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Abstract

Stroke is today one of the leading causes of death and, after dementia – often caused by a previous stroke – the 2nd leading cause of disability globally, and the burden of stroke is increasing. Early intervention is well established as a critical factor in successful patient treatment, management, and outcomes. Funded by Boehringer Ingelheim International GmBH, and endorsed by the European Stroke Organisation, the non-promotional ANGELS (Acute Networks Striving for Excellence in Stroke) Initiative has been the motivation and driving force for significant achievements by participating nations. This article presents examples of successful implementation of improved stroke care with the support and involvement of the ANGELS Initiative in numerous countries in different continents.

Key words: stroke 2020; quality; benchmarking; DNT; IV thrombolysis; thrombectomy

Acknowledgements: We thank Rosswrite Medical Writing, and Oruen Ltd., for editorial assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.