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New AHA stroke guidelines reinforce McLaren Stroke Network practice; support thrombectomy up to 24 hours

New guidelines include evidence supporting that patients can benefit from a thrombectomy for up to 24 hours and still achieve enhanced, 1A outcomes. Previous guidelines suggested six hours.

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Neurointensivist Adds to Stroke Continuum of Care

Gregory Norris, MD, neurointensivist, is adding a critical component to the continuum of care provided to patients of the McLaren Stroke Network.

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McLaren Pursues Neuroscience Research

Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, interventional neurologist, is a principal investigator for the STRATIS clinical registry, which refers to the Systematic Evaluation of Patients Treated with Neurothrombectomy Devices for Acute Ischemic Stroke (STRATIS).

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McLaren Oakland earns Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award
McLaren Oakland has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
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Interventional neurologist, Aniel Majjhoo, MD, utilizes telemedicine technology to provide bedside consultation with a stroke patient and clinician.

McLaren Stroke Network

McLaren Health Care's telemedicine service provides patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24/7 access to highly specialized interventional neurologists who can provide advanced therapies for patients with strokes and aneurysms. The McLaren Stroke Network is the only program in Michigan- and one of only a handful in the nation- where every stroke patient is seen by a stroke trained interventional neurologist in minutes...any time of the day or night.

As part of the McLaren Stroke Network, interventional neurologists utilize a telemedicine “robot” to provide consultative services within minutes of notification by onsite emergency and in house physicians. The TeleStroke System allows the interventional neurologist to beam in to the patient’s bedside from a remote location and assess the patient, review CT scan images and discuss best options for the patient with onsite physicians and the patient’s family. Nine of the hospitals across the McLaren system have installed this telemedicine technology in their emergency department, ensuring that patients have access to rapid decision-making for treatment during the critical period following onset of stroke symptoms. This technology assures that clinical therapies such as clot removal and clot busting drugs can be applied quickly and effectively, resulting in better outcomes for the patient in regaining blood flow to affected areas in the brain, thus minimizing long term disability.

Click here to learn more about McLaren Stroke Network.

Stroke

McLaren is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our stroke patients. The clock starts ticking upon the first signs of a stroke. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. The key to maximizing your outcome after stroke symptoms begin is to immediately call 9-1-1 so you can get to the Emergency Department as soon as possible. Similar to treating a heart attack, evidence based medicine shows there is a "treatment window" for maximizing outcomes for stroke patients. McLaren is among the best in area stroke care and employs a skilled to staff to increase positive results.

Stroke is a medical emergency! Time is critical if you are having a stroke. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms

The National Stroke Association says you can use the acronym FAST:

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

McLaren Oakland Stroke Center

McLaren Oakland physicians and nurses who care for stroke patients have gone through a rigorous education process to better serve patients who come to our hospital with stroke signs and symptoms.

Members of our stroke center include the ER physicians and nurses, stroke unit nurses, physical/occupational and speech therapists and the neurologist, in addition other health care professionals at McLaren Oakland. In addition to providing the highest level of care for stroke patients, we provide support and education for family members.

The Stroke Center features:

  • A dedicated unit just for stroke patients; 
  • An educated, multidisciplinary team of physicians, stroke-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists whose goal is to immediately treat and stabilize the patient. Then, assess functions that need repair. Provide specialized nursing care. Get patients started on therapies to restore function. Work with patient, family members and friends on an outpatient therapy plan that continues to maximize function. 
  • An educated Emergency Department team prepared to treat stroke patients immediately on arrival at the hospital, with thrombylitic (clot-busting) therapy. Radiology and nuclear medicine staff ready to carry out emergency tests to determine type and location of stroke. Neurosurgeons on-call, as needed. 
  • Team committed to following the stroke therapeutic protocol outlined in the National Stroke Association's "Get-With-The-Guidelines." .
Patient Stories

When Margo Holley woke up early one morning in July, she knew something was wrong. She felt an odd sensation on her left side. By the time she reached the bathroom, her left side was paralyzed.

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