Chicago newspaper reports that doctors at the Alexian Brothers’ Comprehensive Stroke Center (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) saved the lives of two stroke victims using a relatively new endovascular treatment known by its trial name, Mr. Clean.
I’m always struck by the incredible pace of advancements in stroke therapies and treatments. Recent statistics show that the commendable work of doctors, researchers and healthcare professionals from every area of the medical community has helped to move stroke down from the number four cause of death among U.S. citizens to number five.
Stroke News Mr. Clean Procedure is Saving Lives
Mr. Clean is an endovascular procedure. It is already saving the lives of stroke victims. A Mr. Clean procedure involves surgically removing a clot. The Mr. Clean trials in The Netherlands at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, will hopefully show that it helps.
One doctor commenting on the trials said, “The very good news from Mr. Clean is that we can do much better than IV t-PA alone in patients who have big clots.” Dr. Philip M. Meyers, of Columbia University Medical Center is quoted as saying that the Mr. Clean trial results are “a watershed moment in stroke therapy.”
Maryann Imielski and Peter Castellonas probably agree with Dr. Meyers wholeheartedly. They are the two stroke victims whose lives were saved by the physicians at the Alexian Brothers’ Comprehensive Stroke Center using the Mr. Clean treatment.
I cannot emphasize enough the extent to which early recognition of symptoms is cited as being a critical aspect to achieving successful outcomes by everyone involved with these endovascular procedures.
Quickly identifying the signs of stroke is the key to saving a stroke victim from a debilitating injury or death. Recognizing the symptoms of stroke for Mr. Clean treatments, or the administering of clot-busting drugs such as t-PA is vital.
Stroke victims lives have been irreparably damaged because emergency medical personnel, doctors and hospitals did not recognize symptoms of stroke. Delayed treatment of stroke is a main reasons people suffer worse injuries.
The Mr. Clean endovascular procedure is one of many new and effective treatments of stroke. Most stroke victims’ injuries will be determined by the time it takes for the doctors to recognize and treat the stroke.
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