Boca Regional To Launch Stroke Awareness Initiative On World Stroke Day


By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is hosting a public awareness event on World Stroke Day at the hospital.

On Oct. 29, the hospital will launch an initiative that aims to bring awareness about the signs, symptoms and urgency of getting a stroke patient to the hospital to 5,000 people over the course of the year.

Chief of Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery and Medical Director of stroke Dr. Brian Snelling said the goal is to create awareness and educate as many people as possible about strokes.

“We think the best way to treat patients is through education,” Dr. Snelling said.

Since 2015, he said stroke therapy has been revolutionized twice.

The first time an advancement took place was in 2015  after the New England Journal of Medicine released information on trials that showed removing acute stroke clots from the brain was beneficial, he said.

He said that the study emphasized the importance of getting a person with a stroke to the hospital fast to undergo a catheter-based procedure.

At the time, the time frame totaled about six hours.

This year, he said new trials were conducted that show that window can actually be longer than six hours. In some patients, he said the treatment works up to 24 hours after the stroke.

In addition to new knowledge on treating strokes, he said the hospital has cutting edge technology to assist in treatment.

“We are on the cutting edge of stroke care,” he said. “We have an amazing software. It’s really phenomenal and helps treat patients faster.”

The hospital has a software called RAPID that shows what parts of the brain are at risk or at a benefit during a thrombectomy procedure.

To help teach people about the signs and symptoms of a stroke, Dr. Snelling said remember the acronym BE FAST.

B- Balance loss

E– Eyesight changes

F– Facial droop

A- Arm weakness

S– Speech difficulty

T– Time to call 911

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