New Medical Technology Drastically Improves Treatment for Stroke Victims

Jan 26, 2018

Potential stroke victims in Central New York and their families can rest a little easier thanks to the findings of a new study that has broadened the timeframe for stroke treatment. The study determined patients can seek treatment for up to 24 hours following a stroke. Thanks to a new technology called RAPID, doctors can scan the brain for salvageable brain tissue in minutes, a process that previously took up to 40 minutes and was unreliable.

Medical professionals agree that when it comes to stroke treatment and prevention, time is of the essence. Reacting quickly to stroke symptoms greatly improves the effectiveness of stroke response and care. Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center outreach coordinator Josh Onyan finds many people underreact to stroke symptoms.  He wonders if they’re not certain what to look for.  Onyan suggests the word FAST can help you member symptoms.

World Stroke Day is Saturday, and there may be no better place to raise awareness than in Central New York.  Jennifer Schleier is a certified registered nurse andProgram Manager at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.  She recognizes the need for stroke education.

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Hundreds of women…and some men donned their best red outfits Thursday for the 13th annual Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Oncenter.  A 12-year-old Syracuse girl was among those who helped raise awareness of heart disease among women.

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Emergency Medical Service providers in Central New York respond fast when you need them and what they encounter on each call is constantly evolving.  About 200 of them learned about latest treatments and emergency trends today during E-M-S Teaching Day.

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Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse has been accredited as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare in Buffalo.  It’s only one of two hospitals state-wide to receive the status.  Upstate has expanded its Stroke care with medical technology that allows for real-time brain images and a specialized suite used by neurosurgeons for more severe cases. Director Dr. Julius Jean Latorre says that strokes are complex; however, his team is ready.

Central New York American Heart Association

Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer in the United States.  Stroke is number four.  That’s why over 3,000 people took part in the American Heart Association’s 30th Syracuse Heart Walk, director Kristy Smorol said.