Baptist Health Paducah: Paducah’s Certified Stroke Center
Certified Stroke Centers offer immediate TPA treatment for stroke patients. Learn more about stroke TPA therapy from Baptist Health in Paducah, KY.
Certified Stroke Center in Paducah, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Chris Loe, patient:
I was running band class like usual and then all of a sudden I looked down at my right arm and I couldn’t recognize that it was my arm. I thought, “Whose arm is that?” Then, the students started asking me what was wrong and I couldn’t answer them. I was paralyzed on my whole right side and I couldn’t talk.
Clare Braun Hashemi, MD, Neurology:
If someone experiences symptoms of a stroke, they should call 911 right away. EMS will arrive and assess the situation. If it looks like it’s a stroke, they’ll take the patient to a certified stroke center. It’s very important that it’s a certified stroke center. At a certified stroke center, there is a team already waiting and ready. Time is of the essence. The sooner you get TPA if you need it, the better it goes. TPA stands for tissue plasminogen activator. Plasminogen, when it gets activated, will turn into plasma which starts dissolving clots. This is how it opens up the areas of clots that have caused the stroke. It opens up the blood vessels so that blood flow can be resumed. It’s exhilarating when we can give TPA and right before our eyes, often they get better. It’s just an amazing thing to watch.
The students were amazing. They were on alert as soon as I couldn’t talk, and that’s when one of the students called 911. I think they’re all heroes. I don’t think I would be here today if it wasn’t for them either.
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