Amelia Penta didn’t know it at the time, but she was having a stroke. “I remember when I woke up in the morning, my usual routine it to get my glasses from my nightstand and put them on, and I remember putting them on and something was wrong with my left eye.”
Once she arrived to Gulf Coast Medical Center, doctors used new advances in technology to help evaluate Amelia.
“She had a large vessel occlusion to the left side of her brain. What made her very interesting is she is what we call a wake up stroke, meaning a stroke that when you go to sleep you’re normal and you wake up and have a stroke,” said Dr. Nasser Razack, a neuro interventional radiologist with Lee Health.
Wake up strokes can be challenging for doctors because it’s difficult to know exactly when the stroke occurred. New technology at Gulf Coast Medical Center is helping doctors learn when and where the stroke began. “This imaging technology shows us where the occlusion is, if it’s a large vessel occlusion, and if there is salvageable brain or brain tissue that’s still alive that can be recovered,” said Dr. Razack.
The technology also shows that most wake up strokes happen early in the morning. “With the technology that we have here at this main comprehensive stroke care center, we’re able to treat patients that in the past we wouldn’t have been able to treat. Typically the time, because we are unaware of the last known normal time, we can’t give this clot bursting drug. The clot bursting drug, as of now, can only be given up to four hours after the last known normal time,” said Dr. Razack.
Because doctors were able to determine when Amelia’s stroke occurred, they were able to give her the treatment she needed. “If it weren’t for the doctor and his expertise, because he found a blood clot behind my left eye, which is why my vision wasn’t right,” said Amelia.
The stroke advancements are helping doctors get answers, and helping patients get treatment.
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