The ‘thrombectomy’ is transforming stroke care, pre-empting brain damage in many patients, but the medical establishment is far from making it standard practice
Minutes mattered to two Atlanta-area residents who showed severe-stroke symptoms last autumn. The right treatment done quickly can help prevent brain damage.
An ambulance raced a 74-year-old man to a hospital nearby that wasn’t an institution capable of offering the most-advanced procedure. He arrived Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. with right-side weakness, unable to speak.
Those symptoms should have been enough for personnel to immediately transfer him to Grady Memorial Hospital, says Raul G. Nogueira, Grady’s chief of stroke endovascular therapy, who treated him and recounted the case. Grady can perform a procedure called “thrombectomy” that is gaining favor for its ability to pre-empt brain damage in many patients.
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Via: Wall Street Journal