Fast, effective Stroke Treatment makes the difference. Fast and appropriate stroke treatment can be measured between start of stroke and treatments to bust the blood clot.
The stroke treatment staff at Windsor Regional Hospital in Windsor, Ontario uses a new device. The “stent retriever” shortens the time. It saves lives. Fast treatment prevents permanent brain damage from strokes.
There is a direct link between immediate, effective treatment of strokes and less severe injuries. The research and technological advances in treating strokes are directed at closing the gap of time between the onset of stroke and effective treatment.
Stroke treatment is based upon the saying “Time is brain.” Time is brain means that the more time lost intreating treating the stroke, the more brain is lost. The faster a stroke victim receives clot busting treatment the better chance he or she will not suffer permanent brain damage.
Delayed treatment of stroke due to stroke misdiagnosis is a big problem. Waiting for care results in more injuries and disabilities. If you have to wait for care and suffer more brain damage, you have a right to sue for medical malpractice. We call it Stroke Malpractice.
A “time saving” stroke treatment being used at Windsor Regional Hospital in Windsor, Ontario and in other stroke centers is a stent retriever. This tool is led into the brain to the clot. The doctor then grabs the clot. The doctor then pulls the clot out and restores blood flow. It is used to quickly extract blood clots before they can cause permanent brain damage.
Stroke Basics: Stroke Treatment
Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot forms and gets stuck. It cuts off circulation of blood to various parts of the brain. When deprived of oxygen-rich blood for an extended period of time, brain cells die.
The stent retriever extracts these blood clots fast. It is more effectively than other treatments. A recent paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine points out that use of the stent retriever significantly improved the outcomes of patients suffering serious strokes.
The stent retriever is inserted into a small incision made in a patient’s groin area. A thin wire then pushes the stent retriever into the clogged artery and is then opened up, causing it to snare the blood clot. The stent and the clot are then removed. If used within a few short hours following the onset of stroke, patients experience an almost instantaneous improvement. Medical experts are calling the stent retriever a “game changer” in the treatment and outcome of stroke. The entire treatment takes about 20 minutes.
Doctors at Windsor are quick to point out that the tool is not magical. Everyone involved, including the patient, has to be onboard and aware of what needs to be done in order to make the stent retriever the game changer that it is being called. It starts with doctors quickly recognizing the symptoms of stroke.
Stroke treatment starts with quick assessments. Then a neurologist makes the decision on the next action to be taken. Denise St. Louis, District Stroke Coordinator at Windsor, notes that her staff worked for more than six months to eliminate any wasted time.
Immediate and proper diagnosis and treatment is critical in ensuring positive outcomes for stroke victims. With devices such as the stent retriever, doctors can locate and remove blood clots in less than 20 minutes. In many cases, patients are able to leave the hospital in just a few short days.
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