June 17, 2016

Finnish stroke treatment settles in Russia

Stroke treatment developed by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa has helped Russian hospitals to improve their treatment.
Stroke treatment developed by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa has helped Russian hospitals to improve their treatment.
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The internationally awarded stroke treatment of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) gains attention in Russia.

Statistically the mortality rate of stroke patients in the Helsinki University Hospital is the lowest in the world. Not surprisingly Russian physicists are increasingly interested in the stroke treatment used in Finland.

After introducing the stroke treatment model developed by HUS, the time spent from patient’s arrival to the start of the treatment has decreased in various Russian hospitals. Currently, the time frame has settled to less than an hour on average.

“The blood clot of a stroke patient is opened with thrombolysis, which contributes to the recovery of the patient,” underlines Markku Kaste, an emeritus professor of neurology from the Helsinki University Hospital. “It improves significantly the prognosis.”

Kaste has been a key person in the implementation of the HUS treatment in Russia. He has lectured in Russian academic congresses, and helped Russian physicists to internationalise. As an editor-in-chief of the Stroke magazine in Europe, he supported the magazine to found a Russian edition.

“I noticed, that Russian researchers did not send their findings to the European edition of the Stroke,” Kaste says. “Since then Russia has opened its academic doors.”

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