Illinois Senator Mark Kirk recently underwent surgery for an ischemic stroke, and his physicians report that a complete recovery isn’t likely.
A stroke can happen anytime, anywhere. The warning signs come on quickly:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, usually on one side of the body
- Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
- Loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech
- Sudden severe headache with no apparent cause
- Sudden episodes of unexplained dizziness or unsteadiness
Time is critical when it comes to stroke treatment. Rapid treatment can help reduce the symptoms and aid in a full recovery. If the FDA-approved drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) is provided within three hours of the onset of symptoms, the patient has a better chance at recovery.
According to Dr. Colin Derdeyn, Director of the Stroke, Cerebral and Vascular Center at the Washington University Medical Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, described the procedure used on Kirk, a hemi-craniectomy, as a last-ditch procedure. To watch his interview on KSDK yesterday, go here.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a comprehensive primary stroke center which has treated many types of stroke using tPA and surgical procedures. To get a look at how we’ve streamlined our process of treating stroke patients, watch the video below: