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Medical Therapies

Pharmaceutical and surgical therapies for stroke.

Source (URL, Date, Pages): Mind, Mood & Memory,. 10, No. 10, October 2014 – Massachusetts General Hospital

These tips may help you avoid falls from occasional dizziness associated with high blood pressure medication.

Many of us stroke survivors will be taking blood thinning medication for the rest of our lives, obviously for the prevention of another stroke or brain attack.  To this effect, I should like to share with you an article that appeared in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Volume 18, number 9 of the ‘HEALTHY AGING’ monthly newsletter.   

Publication: Cleveland Clinic Hear Advisor – Vol.19 / No.4. PEIL 2016

Intra-arterial treatment (IAT) to help remove clots from the blood vessels of stroke patients can be a life-saving procedure. It can also minimize the damage a stroke can cause.

IAT uses a catheter to deliver a clot dissolving drug to the location of the clot in the brain artery or physically remove the clot particles and allow blood flow to resume. Sometimes both procedures are done.

Author(s): Demetrius Lopes, MD
Source (URL, Date, Pages): Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

New Findings:  Stroke patients who underwent thrombectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that removes the blood clot responsible for a stroke, and received the clot dissolving drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within six hours of the onset of symptoms were far less likely to experience disabilities, such as difficulty walking and/or speaking, 90 days later than stroke patients who received just tPA.  Blood flow to the brain was restored within 27 hours for about 83% of those who had thrombectomy versus 40% of those who only had tPA 

DoritaDelemos 300x400In 2014, Dorita DeLemos Down established “The P.A.C.E. Group, LLC”, under which she writes a blog and continues to lecture and write articles on brain injuries and stroke.  Recent information has proven that “The more you work with the brain, the healthier it becomes”.  She is a good example of that statement. From 2005 to 2008 she was engaged as Spanish language Consultant to NIH/NINDS and participated in lectures, conferences, and conventions nationwide.

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