New medical procedure changing things for stroke patients

Article Date: May 10, 2017

Talk about a game-changer.

When the FDA approved tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in 1996 for the treatment of stroke patients, those who received tPA within a short window of time often suffered no permanent damage or “deficits.”

Talk about an even bigger game-changer.

A procedure called mechanical thrombectomy is now proving even more successful (an 80 to 90% success rate compared to 30% for tPA).

At CHI Health, Interventional Neurologist Vishal Jani, MBBS is improving quality of life – and saving lives – of stroke patients by performing thrombectomies.

He is the first neurologist in the state to perform the important procedure.

Dr. Jani threads a catheter through an artery in the patient’s groin to the blocked artery in the brain. A device at the end of the catheter, called a stent retriever, attaches to the clot; at that point, Dr. Jani removes the trapped clot. When he does that, blood flow to the brain resumes, and brain cells no longer are deprived of oxygen. Dr. Jani saves the patient from a “brain attack.”

Stroke is feared because it can be so debilitating. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. According to the National Stroke Association’s, people who have “larger” strokes can be permanently paralyzed on one side of the body or lose their ability to speak. Some recover completely, but it’s estimated more than two-thirds of survivors have some type of disability.

With the new FDA-approved thrombectomy device, Dr. Jani is revolutionizing stroke care and giving stroke patients more hope than ever.

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