Institute for NeurosciencesRenown Health Raises Awareness During Stroke Awareness Month
Renown Health Raises Awareness During Stroke Awareness Month
Reno, NV (May 7, 2007) - May is National Stroke Awareness Month and Renown Institute for Neurosciences' Comprehensive Stroke Center would like to assist in increasing your awareness of the signs and symptoms of a stroke and responding to the symptoms of a stroke.
Each year, about 700,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke. It is the nation's third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
Symptoms Familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of a stroke is essential to ensure prompt treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Warning signs of a stroke may include:
Comprehensive Stroke Center Renown's Comprehensive Stroke Center offers the most advanced stroke treatment in the region. It is dedicated to providing the community with education on stroke prevention, symptoms, treatment and recovery. In addition, it is nationally recognized as a model for other communities for its efforts in bringing coordinated care to stroke patients in rural areas- even beginning treatment on the way to Renown Regional Medical Center.
"Stroke is a major public health problem," said Paul M. Katz, MD, medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. "Renown is addressing it in a systematic way that allows other hospitals to replicate our process and programs."
The Comprehensive Stroke Center is Nevada's first Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center. Certification by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations signifies compliance with the highest national standards for healthcare safety and quality of care.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations- the nations' largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting body-recognized Renown's Comprehensive Stroke Center for its access to a team of specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, its comprehensive care from first symptoms to follow-up treatment and its leadership in coordinating the delivery of care throughout such a vast geographic region. Also noted was the Comprehensive Stroke Center's participation in ongoing nationally recognized clinical drug and device trials for stroke treatment, as well as the commitment to the stroke care program.
Technology and Expertise Bi-plane angiography is state-of-the-art imaging technology, which assists in treating and beating strokes, available only at Renown Regional. This technology enables C. Blease Graham III, MD, Interventional Neuroradiologist, to view images of the brain in three dimensions and perform minimally invasive procedures to stop stroke in its tracks. Graham uses biplane angiography to guide thin wires, or a catheter, directly to a stoke site or into areas of vascular abnormality. Once at the stroke site, clot-busting drugs can be administered for patients who have had a stroke caused by a blood clot; or coils can be placed to stop a stroke caused by bleeding. For those patients with blood clots who are not candidates for the clot-busting drug (tPA), Graham can guide a tiny corkscrew-shaped device called the MERCI retriever to grab the blood clot for removal. These minimally invasive techniques provide a highly-specialized, unique service for patients and limit the effects of a stroke.
The Institute for Neurosciences' nationally recognized specialists combine their expertise and experience with clinical resources to handle the most complex neurological cases and ensure that world-class treatment is available here in our community. Patients with neurological disorders, including strokes and aneurysms, brain or spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, movement disorders, head and neck tumors and cerebrovascular disease can receive state-of-the-art treatment without being referred outside of the community.