If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, time is crucial. A lapse in
time between the start of a “brain attack” and treatment could
mean the difference between complete recovery, permanent disability or
death. While it’s vital to receive care soon after the onset of
symptoms, it’s also important to ensure you’re cared for in
a certified Primary Stroke Center, like the one at
Mission Hospital’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute
(NSI), where skilled neurosurgeons follow rigorous national standards
and use the latest technologies that significantly improve outcomes for
stroke patients. South Orange County residents can feel confident knowing
Mission Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the area with specialists
trained to use a blood clot removal device to restore neurological function
and prevent many long-term, devastating side effects of stroke.
“This new device is significantly changing the way we treat ischemic
Farzad Massoudi, MD
, board-certified neurosurgeon and medical director of the NSI. “This
clot removing method, partnered with the usual treatment of clot-dissolving
medicine called tPA, allows us to intervene very rapidly, in the early
stages of onset stroke symptoms, to reestablish circulation and blood
flow.” While this new clot-removing device has improved outcomes,
it is still imperative that the patient arrives at the hospital within
three hours of stroke onset. “Any patient arriving within three
hours will have an angiogram performed to take pictures of the blood flow
in an artery, which will determine if a blood clot is the source of stroke,”
Dr. Massoudi said. “If so, we may be able to remove it and significantly
increase their chances of full recovery.”
Recent studies have found that mechanically removing a blood clot in addition
to using a standard clot busting medicine lowered the risk of stroke related
disability. “We have had excellent outcomes using this new device,
and we are proud that Mission Hospital is staying on the cutting-edge
and offering the latest technology to fight a life-threatening condition,”
Dr. Massoudi said.
Think you are having a stroke?
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Use the FAST acronym to remember the warning signs
F FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred
T TIME: If you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately and
ask them to take you to the nearest stroke center.
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