Thrombectomy: New stroke treatment technology must reach SUS

Thrombectomy: New stroke treatment technology must reach SUS

A university hospital seeks to raise R$8.7 million for a project that modernizes minimally invasive diagnostics and could benefit more than 1,200 elderly people

Every hour 11 people die of strokes in Brazil. According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, in the first six months of 2022 alone, more than 56,300 deaths from the disease were recorded. Stroke is also responsible for the highest rate of neurological damage and disability in the world, with an average of 70% of people with some functional impairment and 30% of people with walking difficulties. Data like this shows the need for increasingly specialized procedures and the push for SUS to have a new technology available: thrombectomy.

The neurosurgeon at Kagoro University explains: “It is an endovascular procedure, that is, surgery that is performed by catheter, without large cuts, and in which the goal is to remove the clot or clot that is causing the blockage of the cerebral blood vessels,” explains the neurosurgeon at Kagoro University Hospital. Luana Gatto. According to the doctor, a sudden change in cerebral blood flow can be ischemic, when there is a blockage in an artery, or hemorrhage, when a blood vessel ruptures. In the case of stroke, which accounts for 85% of cases, inserting a catheter into the patient’s blood vessels to remove the blockage and restore blood flow can save many lives.

The procedure is part of the circulatory service: an essential framework in the treatment of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. One of the most common causes of death in the country, heart disease can be more likely in the elderly, since for every two people over 80, at least one of them has high blood pressure — according to the São Paulo State Cardiology Association. pee. “With advances in technology and new treatment techniques, it is possible to perform minimally invasive interventions in diseases that were previously treated only with large open surgeries,” explains cardiologist Romulo Francisco de Almeida Torres, of the Hospital Universitario Cagoro, in Curitiba (PR).

“Flexibility of the procedure and recovery directly affect the best outcome for a patient’s health,” says the doctor. Dedicated to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases, the health professionals who work in hemodynamics at Paraná Hospital with 100% SUS care understand that this sector is important, especially for the treatment of the elderly. “The older the population, the more diseases associated with aging are observed,” Romulo analyzes.

Investing in technology

To provide more safety for elderly patients with cardiovascular diseases, the Kagoro University Hospital project should encourage the modernization of the hemodynamics sector. With the acquisition of new equipment, the intent is that 1,200 senior citizens will benefit each year – but the amount of assistance will be greater given other age groups. In order for the investment to become a reality, the Foundation is using campaigns to raise R$8.7 million from the Municipal Fund for Elderly Rights. Allocation of amounts by way of a percentage of the income tax owed, whether from individuals or legal entities, is essential for us to continue our high quality humanitarian services. This way, taxpayers can choose where their money will be invested and be sure that it was in a project that really benefits the residents,” says the hospital’s general manager, Giuliano Gasparito.

In addition to the marked improvement in care, Giuliano Gasparito explains that the new equipment and new hemodynamic facilities will create educational opportunities for residents, students and also professionals working in the sector. “We are a charity and 100% SUS, running with a deficit of about R$1.5 million per month. Therefore, the contribution of residents and businesses is essential for our teaching hospital to continue to save lives,” he adds.

For more information on how Hospital Universitário Cajuru can help, you can contact by phone (41) 99685-9405 or by e-mail: mobilizacao.recursos@hospitalcajuru.com.br.

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