Faster help for stroke victims

A new device to quickly diagnose cases of severe stroke has just been approved by  the FDA. Doctors say the device can help patients get the help they need faster.   

67-year-old Oliver Peart is getting back to his routine after a major health scare.
 
Eight months ago he was at work when suddenly he couldn't move the left side of his body. He was rushed to the emergency room where doctors used a portable, wireless visor to determine he suffered a severe stroke. The Cerebrotech Visor  transmits low-power radio waves through the brain looking for changes in blood flow. It takes just 30 seconds to analyze the fluids.

"The big thing about a stroke is that there's asymmetry when one of the arteries feeding one side of the brain is blocked compared to the other side. So, we can detect that with this visor," said Dr. Christopher Kellner, Director of the Intracerebral Hemorrhage Program, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Kellner said the goal of the visor technology is to help quickly identify patients who have had a severe stroke so they can receive immediate treatment. He explained, "Time is brain. As someone is having a stroke, they're losing many, many neurons every second. And so anytime we can decrease from that is very important.

Oliver is grateful he was treated at an ER testing the new technology.

He said, "The type of stroke I had, a lot of time the patient doesn't survive, so you know, I'm lucky.

The only lingering side effect is some vision loss in his left eye.

 


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