New stroke therapy at local hospital

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ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Stroke is the leading cause of long-term serious disability in the United States. Now new technology  at a local hospital is designed to treat some of the most serious cases.

Many of us have heard of clot-dissolving drugs that save lives and reduce  disability from stroke. But they can only be given within four-and-a-half hours after a stroke. Now, UPMC Altoona offers a therapy that may help patients who haven’t received immediate therapy.

Dr. Cynthia Kenmuir says the medical equipment she uses to treat strokes at UPMC Altoona has special imaging capabilities allow her to see into the brain in three dimensions.

“What that means is the patients that are suffering from a clot that goes up and gets stuck in one of the main blood vessels in the brain, we can sometimes go up through the artery of the leg, all the way up to the head and pull out that clot,” Dr. Kenmuir explains.

She says this treatment can be effective in patients who’ve waited up to a day after having a stroke before seeking treatment.

“If  we’re able to get that clot out quickly enough a patient’s symptoms can actually go away while they’re on the table,” she adds.

Patients with aneurysms can also be treated in the new neuro-angio lab.

Dr Kenmuir ‘s been selected as the 2019 Heart Hall of Fame inductee for the Blair Go Red for Women event, Thursday, May 23.

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