The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center – ABC7 KGO News


– [Narrator] Covering
Santa Clara, San Francisco, East Bay, and all the Bay Area. This is ABC 7 News. – Fewer than 60 hospitals in the nation less than 1% are designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers
by the Joint Commission. But now, a third Bay Area hospital has been given that distinction. Regional Medical Center in San Jose joins Good Samaritan
Hospital and Stanford. Tonight, a look at what
it means for patients. – [Narrator] For Clara
Navarette a simple walk with her daughter is something she thought she might never do again. A year ago at 34 she
suffered a hemorrhagic stroke when an aneurysm in her brain burst. – When I was taking showers,
what happened to me? This is too painful. It’s not a regular headache. – [Interviewer] Did you
have any idea in the back of your mind that you
could be having a stroke? – No, not at all. – She was smart enough to
know that there is something definitely going wrong and seeked help. Many patients don’t and
unfortunately have a worse outcome. – [Narrator] Dr. Arash Padidar is Neuro Interventional Radiologist at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. Specializing in the treatment
of stroke and aneurysms. Advanced computer imaging
has revolutionized how they’re treated. – An aneurysm is simply like
a bubble gum that we blow up. Or, the side of a tire that goes bad. And, it had burst. And, the conventional treatment of that would be open brain surgery, where you would remove the skull, move the brain out of the way. And basically, identify the aneurysm and place a staple at the bottom of it. – [Narrator] But complex
3D imaging of the brain allows doctors to find and treat aneurysms without open brain surgery. Instead inserting a very thin catheter in the groin equipped with
a slinky like metal coil. The thickness of a thread. – [Dr. Padidar] We can
travel these catheters to the brain, inside the aneurysm, and put little slinky
coils inside the aneurysm to fill the aneurysm. – [Narrator] Complex cases like this one involving two aneurysms and a blood vessel requiring a stent, can now be done with a single catheter. – [Dr. Padidar] Surgically
this could not be treated this way and this would be
probably a 24 hour surgery. – [Interviewer] And how long did it take to do it in this fashion? – This was a two hour procedure that the patient goes to the ICU. – [Narrator] And the
care continues in the ICU for the next couple of weeks using sophisticated monitoring, and neuro interventional
options when needed. – These aneurysms can cause other issues because of all the blood
there that can cause strokes. People can have heart attacks, and infections and so forth. – [Narrator] Clara
suffered no lasting effects from her stroke returning home after 20 days in the hospital
with a new appreciation for the life she almost lost and the doctor who helped save her. – Comprehensive Stroke
Centers like Regional have dedicated neuro intensive care beds with a critical care
nurse assigned to patients 24 hours a day seven days a week. Clara will be monitored closely for the next two years for
any signs of another aneurysm. – But she’s doing really well. – She really is doing terrific.

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