Navigation Links
New Emergency Stroke Treatments Can Save and Restore Lives if Patients Act Quickly and Call 911
Date:5/17/2013

Trenton, NJ (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

Seeking prompt emergency care at the first sign of stroke is more important than ever because new interventions can open clots and restore blood flow to the brain, often reducing or preventing permanent damage.

A new generation of mechanical blood clot retrieval devices, some available in just the past year, is making emergency interventions more effective, neurosurgeons and stroke experts say.

“The truth is that 10 years ago, there was not too much we could do if you had a stroke,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, Director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and Chairman of the Capital Health Department of Neurosurgery. “However, today we have several effective interventions. So it's crucial that people not dismiss the symptoms of stroke and, instead, act quickly. In stroke, time is brain.”

A study in April's Circulation, a medical journal, found that more than one third of stroke patients failed to call 911, even though the use of emergency medical services is associated with a more rapid evaluation and treatment of stroke.

“Most people know the signs of a heart attack, and they know what to do,” said Dr. Veznedaroglu. “We need more education so people have that same understanding of stroke symptoms and that same sense of urgency.” Dr. Veznedaroglu’s comments come during May which is National Stroke Awareness Month.

Symptoms of stroke include:

Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Emergency stroke interventions include tPA, an intravenous clot-busting medication. It can be given to certain patients within three hours of the first symptoms of an ischemic stroke which is caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain.

Other interventions available at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences include stents and mechanical retrieval devices that surgeons navigate within the body from the groin to the site of the blood clot in the brain. The mechanical retrieval devices can open up and then remove clots, restoring blood flow.

Dr. Veznedaroglu, a dual-trained endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, was the first surgeon in the nation to use one of the new devices, Trevo™, following its approval by the FDA in August of last year.

In addition, Capital Health has begun a Pre-Hospital Stroke Alert Protocol Study that trains emergency personnel to identify and call appropriate stroke alerts in the field. This immediately triggers a process at the hospital’s Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine, enabling the patient to bypass triage and be streamlined to the CT scan for immediate diagnostic imaging.

“The bottom line is that everyone should know the signs of stroke, and no one should ever ignore them,” Dr. Veznedaroglu said. “There is so much more we can do today to save and restore lives.”

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/national_stroke_awareness/05/prweb10738441.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Higher-spending hospitals have fewer deaths for emergency patients
2. Study reveals major funding shortfall and high death rates for emergency laparotomy
3. Is it time for regional cardiovascular emergency care systems across the US?
4. IUDs Work as Emergency Contraceptive: Review
5. Disparities in treatment of children in the emergency department based on their insurance status
6. Study finds number of battery-related emergency department visits by children more than doubles
7. The W3 Project Receives Support from Doulton for Emergency Relief Efforts
8. Senior Alert Button RA911 by Rescue Alert Provides Emergency Assistance Away From Home
9. Mayo Clinic YES Board creates efficiencies in emergency rooms
10. The latest science and treatments in emergency cardiac care
11. Give Teens Access to Emergency Contraception, Pediatricians Say
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Cheerag D. Upadhyaya , M.D., M.Sc., FAANS ... Institute (SLMBNI), part of Saint Luke’s Health System . Dr. Upadhyaya has ... Upadhyaya, MD. M.Sc., FAANS joins Stanley P. Fisher, M.D., who has served ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... ... Cosmetic Town, an online plastic surgery information community, announces a new video ... basis. , The new video series will feature board-certified doctors explaining the steps ... , When asked about the new video series, the senior editor of Cosmetic ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Horizon Goodwill Industries, SourceAmerica ... helps high school girls succeed in STEM programs as well as help Horizon ... host over 20 high school girls at their corporate headquarters on Tuesday, July ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Peruvian Ayahuasca ... to be awarded annually to and divided between two full-time university students enrolled ... to Amazonian plant medicine. To apply for the scholarship, students are asked to ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Every year, thousands of dedicated Higher Education and ... annual event is coupled with a dynamic theme like Camp Canvas; this year, they’ve ... InstructureCon 0017. , To extend their partnership with Canvas beyond the LMS integration, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/12/2017)... CarpalAID is a revolutionary new product that relieves painful carpal tunnel ... syndrome affects more than 8 million people a year. Women suffer ... common methods of treating CTS are painful surgery, the use of ... ... is a clear patch worn on the palm of the hand. ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  Bayer has awarded grants totaling ... as part of its prestigious Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program (BHAP). ... Philadelphia and Uniformed Services University of ... among the winners. Grant recipients were announced last night during ... (ISTH) 2017 Congress, Berlin, Germany . ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  Dr. Echenberg, founder of Echenberg Institute, ... program to patients who suffer from painful intercourse and other painful pelvic ... vaginal atrophy due to menopause. ... VuVatech LLC ... created by Sarasota, Florida -based start-up company, VuVatech LLC, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: