Stroke tips from an expert
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Stroke. We hear about it often but most people don’t know how debilitating it can be.
Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer from stroke according to the American Stroke Association. Unfortunately, this number will increase. If trends continue, that number will grow exponentially over the next decade.
Another sobering fact: stroke is the leading cause of disability. It not only affects the stroke patient, but puts a strain on the entire family and support system.
Patients and families appreciate that Dr. Darkhabani spends ample time with them. He often draws pictures to illustrate exactly what caused the stroke, or what kind of procedure the patient needs. He wants everyone to thoroughly understand the issue.
As devastating as stroke is, there is hope. Recently, the medical community has ended the use of the term “stroke victim” and now uses “stroke survivor”. Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, interventional neurologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, is on the front line of treating stroke and frequently educates surrounding communities on what to do if a stroke is suspected in a loved one or yourself.
Signs of stroke? Call 9-1-1.
I can’t stress this enough. You or a loved one should not drive yourself to the hospital. Call 9-1-1. You need an ambulance and the care that comes with it,” said Dr. Ziad Darkhabani.
Dr. Darkhabani points out the most important reasons below:
- First of all, in calling 9-1-1, patients receive care immediately.
- Studies actually show that patients who use an ambulance have a better outcome. This is an important message. The EMS providers know how to keep you safe and which hospital site can best manage stroke care.
- The moment the patient calls and reports stroke signs to the dispatcher, a whole stroke system is activated. These cases take priority in the emergency room. The emergency department receives an estimated time the patient will arrive and a specialized team mobilizes.
Stroke is treatable.
“Every time I do a talk about stroke, I say stroke is a treatable condition,” said Dr. Darkhabani. The burden can be reduced by acting quickly when signs of stroke appear. The devastating effects of stroke can be decreased by aggressive procedures that Dr. Darkhabani performs at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Learn more about the advanced stroke treatments at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. To make an appointment with Dr. Darkhabani call 1-855-819-9935 or request one online here.
Dr. Ziad Darkhabani completed his residency in Neurology at the State University New York at Buffalo. He is fellowship trained in Vascular Neurology from the State University New York at Buffalo and Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and Vascular Neurology.