About MT2020

• Mission Thrombectomy 2020 is a global health campaign, founded by the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) in 2016, to accelerate access to the stroke thrombectomy surgery globally. The goal of MT2020 is to coalesce global public health efforts with a goal to double access to thrombectomy for stroke caused by large vessel occlusion (LVO) in the brain every two years. improve stroke care worldwide by increasing the rate of stroke thrombectomy for eligible patients from less than 100,000 procedures today to 202,000 annually by 2020 and thereby reducing global stroke disability. Stroke Thrombectomy, also known as Mechanical Thrombectomy, is the new highly effective standard of care that reverses paralysis from a stroke in over 60% of patients if done by experts within 6 hours of stroke symptoms. The initiative was unveiled at the SVIN 9th Annual Meeting and 4th Annual Stroke Center Workshop, which took place from November 16-19, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.

• Globally each year, strokes affect about 16 million people and kill an estimated 5.7 million. The annual U.S. healthcare overall cost due to stroke is $104 billion. Stroke is a very time-sensitive disease and requires early intervention. Without appropriate diagnosis and treatment, a majority of surviving stroke patients suffer permanent disability.

• In 2015, mechanical thrombectomy was definitively proven to be enormously beneficial in reversing stroke disability and become standard of care for stroke patients with blockage of one of the main brain arteries (also known as Large vessel occlusion or LVO). However, despite recent advances in stroke intervention, it is estimated that less than 10 percent of eligible stroke patients are treated with mechanical thrombectomy.

• In order to maximize access to thrombectomy for the potential 1.7 million patients worldwide with stroke due to large artery blockage, SVIN aims to partner with several non-profit medical societies, governmental and industry collaborators worldwide to achieve their initiative by focusing on efforts to improve public awareness for stroke symptoms, supporting legislation to encourage rapid triage of stroke patients, establishing financial initiatives to improve access to care for countries without health insurance and encouraging the development of new technologies to improve stroke assessment and treatment.