PARMA, Ohio – When it comes to caring for a stroke patient, time is the brain.
That’s what North Royalton resident Jim Kane learned last June when he suffered a stroke after breakfast. Luckily for the AT&T lineman, not only did his hometown EMS team use telestroke, but he was taken to UH Parma Medical Center, which recently won an American Heart Association award for care. quality for stroke.
“We cannot stress enough how important it is for the public to know the signs of a stroke and to call 9-1-1 immediately if they suspect a stroke in their home or someone else’s,” UH Parma Medical Center Deputy Chief Medical Officer said and Emergency Services Director Dr Christopher Dussel said. “Just like with heart attacks, the faster we can treat the patient, the greater the likelihood of a full recovery.
“Like all of the EMS teams in our region, North Royalton has telestroke capabilities. This allows them to communicate directly with the emergency physician at UH Parma while performing their advanced stroke assessment. The emergency physician can participate in the examination in real time and the hospital is ready when the patient arrives. A stroke alert is activated and the CT scanner is prepared.
In Kane’s case, a blockage discovered was immediately shared with the Neuro team at UH Cleveland Medical Center to see if the clot could be removed through a procedure called thrombectomy.
Hours after his first symptom, the North Royalton resident was flown by helicopter to the main campus.
“The way the day started, I got up and had issues with my left leg that I thought were related to the arthritis I had in my back,” said Kane, 58, graduate from Valley Forge High School in 1981. “I ate breakfast and when I started walking to the bathroom I noticed my whole left side was numb and I fell over. Earth.
At this point, Kane called his wife who in turn called 9-1-1.
After his first helicopter flight, the patient said he was awake throughout the thrombectomy, which is a minimally invasive procedure in which a doctor uses a catheter inserted into the groin to reach and remove the clot.
“They explained what was going on all the time, which was heartwarming and kept me from panicking,” Kane said. “I was able to ask questions. They actually went through my leg to the clot, which was behind my right eye in my brain. This is also where I had a blinding headache, which they told me was normal.
“After removing the clot, within seconds I was able to move my left arm, see with my left eye, move my left leg again. That’s when they told me to stop doing this because they still had the thread inside of me. Other than feeling like I had received a low blow from a boxer, I had no real side effects from the stroke. Literally, I walked out of the hospital after a day and a half completely grateful and in awe.
While in the hospital, doctors diagnosed Kane as suffering from an irregular heartbeat, which led to his stroke. This is something the patient admitted would have been discovered if he had regularly seen his doctor.
“Since the stroke, I have had a lot of lifestyle changes,” Kane said. “I am definitely exercising and changing my diet. I just eat more vegetables and less red meats, and I drink less alcohol.
“I quit smoking years ago. I do whatever the doctor suggested I do. Turns out they weren’t kidding – if you don’t do those kinds of things, you can prevent a stroke. “
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