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W. Sub. Lvg. Magazine features Edward stroke care.


West Suburban Living Magazine
May/June 2014

Stroke
New technologies make clearing blocked arteries quicker and easier, helping minimize brain damage and facilitating more rapid and complete recovery.

BY DENISE LINKE

Three years ago, 31-year-old Brandon Klinetobe ran seven miles with a friend to calm his nerves before taking his wife, Janel, to Edward Hospital the next day for a scheduled Caesarian section to deliver the couple’s second child.

The next morning, Janel Klinetobe rushed her husband to Edward after he woke up with symptoms of a stroke.

“I was already having the stroke when we woke up,” the Romeoville resident recalls. “I knew we were supposed to go to the hospital to have our daughter, but I couldn’t seem to get dressed. Janel drove while I sat there in the car, disoriented and not knowing what was happening. When we got there, I got out of the car and immediately had to hold myself up on a trash can because my whole right side was weak. I tried to walk in the doors, but I couldn’t coordinate my arms and legs, so someone put me in a wheelchair and took me to a nurse. Then I tried to talk to the nurse, but she looked at me like I was an idiot, and that’s what told me I wasn’t really speaking coherently.”

Klinetobe had a blood clot blocking his basilar artery, a major blood vessel in the back of the brain, explains Dr. Ali Shaibani, director of the Edward Neuroscience Institute and the neurosurgeon who operated on Klinetobe. After an intravenous infusion of the clot-dissolving drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) failed to break up the clot, Shaibani removed it surgically with one of the latest advances in stroke treatment — the stent retriever, commonly called “stentriever,” that let him snag the clot and pull it out of the artery.

“Stentrievers are one of the newest, best tools we now have to extract clots,” Shaibani asserts. “They’ve enabled us to stop strokes within minutes of first seeing the patient.”

Many other advances are also helping west suburban neurologists stop strokes in their tracks and help patients recover afterward.  In fact, more patients than ever are leaving the hospital a day or two after their strokes with few or no side effects.

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