ST. DOMINIC’S OFFERS NEW TREATMENT FOR ISCHEMIC STROKE

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September 10, 2012

ST. DOMINIC’S OFFERS NEW TREATMENT FOR ISCHEMIC STROKE

JACKSON, Miss. – St. Dominic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center now offers a new treatment for ischemic stroke with the Covidien Solitaire TM Flow Restoration device that combines the ability to restore blood flow and retrieve clots in patients experiencing an acute ischemic stroke.

“The Solitaire technology enhances our abilities to remove the clot safely and quickly,” notes Scott McPherson, M.D., Neuro-Interventional Radiologist at St. Dominic’s. “This is critical as time is so important to improving a patient’s ability to function after suffering a stroke.”

A recent clinical study showed patients treated with the Solitaire FR device had higher rates of neurological function and reduced death from stroke three months after the procedure compared to patients treated with alternative devices. The device was shown to be more effective in restoring blood flow, less likely to cause bleeding as a side effect and to improve neurologic outcomes in the months following stroke.

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot. St. Dominic’s treats approximately 1,200 stroke patients on an annual basis.

“Every year an estimated 5,000 Mississippians experience their first stroke. Many people die but even more suffer from permanent disability.” said Wendy Barrilleaux, Stroke Coordinator at St. Dominic’s.

“The Primary Stroke Center at St. Dominic’s offers comprehensive services committed to reducing death and disability caused by stroke. Our expertly skilled team of clinical professionals offers extensive community education on stroke prevention, rapid diagnosis once symptoms occur, high-tech intervention and expert care to people throughout Central Mississippi.”

For more information, contact Maggie Mays at 601-200-6912.

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