At the Neurologists Conference: “It is possible today to treat blood clots even up to 24 hours from the moment of the event”


At a neurologists’ conference held at Shaare Zedek, it was revealed that events of blood clots that cause a stroke can be treated up to 24 hours from the moment of the event. So far it has been possible to treat blood clots that have caused a stroke in just 4.5 to 6 hours. Now the time window has widened

Penetrating the brain: 300 neurologists and family doctors from all over the country participated last week in a digital conference initiated by brain system specialists at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, which presented innovative treatments for headaches, strokes and movement disorders. At the conference, the development in the field of neurology was revealed, and it is possible to treat events of blood clots that cause a stroke up to 24 hours from the moment of the event, when so far the ‘time window’ available to surgeons was only between 4.5 and 6 hours.

Dr. Avi Ashkenazi, Director of the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic and Dr. Shira Markovich, Senior Neurologist, presented at the conference the unique treatment options for chronic headaches, including Botox injections and nerve anesthesia that causes headaches, which are used in the unique clinic at Shaare Zedek “Which provides a comprehensive solution for all types of headaches using advanced and unique methods.

Dr. Gilad Yahalom, director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, presented an approach to Botox injections under ultrasound imaging that is used to more accurately treat various movement disorders and leads to a significant improvement in patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Roni Eichel, director of the Department of Neurology and Stroke Unit, said: “So far, the time window for treating a sharp stroke has been intravenous administration of a blood clot (rtPA) four and a half hours after the onset of the stroke, and the window of time for brain rescue by Catheter retrieval was up to six hours. However, the Department of Cerebral Catheterization, headed by Dr. Yaakov Amsalem, can now treat large blood clots in the brain through catheterization that cause a stroke up to 24 hours from the start of the event.

“We can say that we have broken the time limits within which we can save the brain in the event of a blockage by a blood clot. , “Dr. Eichel said at the conference.

Prof. Nathan Bornstein, director of the Brain System at Shaare Zedek, who initiated and chaired the conference, said: “This is part of the service to the community. Solutions are offered for all problems related to brain and nervous system activity. We encourage community physicians to refer patients with any neurological problem and we are prepared to receive them. ”


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