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Saint Louis University
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Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university
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"The goal is to improve the ...
"The goal is to improve the outcome in patients who otherwise would have deadly or disabling strokes," says Randall Edgell, MD, interventional neurologist at Saint Louis University Hospital and a SLUCare physician.
"I think this is going to be a transformative moment in how we treat stroke," says Dr. Edgell
, who has used the stent for several years at SLU Hospital
"Now we have two very powerful treatments that can halt - and in some cases reverse - stroke symptoms and I think that will motivate people to get medical attention more often and more quickly."
Overall, the message Dr. Edgell
and all stroke experts want for the public, is to recognize stroke symptoms by the acronym FAST.
Facial drooping, arm weakening, speech difficulty, and time to call 911.
"Most of the time when we are not able to offer this treatment or tPA it's because patients have waited too long, hoping symptoms would improve on their own, and what the best strategy would be is to take no chances and come directly to the emergency room," says Dr. Edgell
He says the technology should be useful as well for members of the MidAmercia Stroke Network, founded by SLU Hospital in 2008 to help build collaboration among hospitals and help stroke patients throughout the region.
Newsroom - Mid-America Stroke Network
March 2, 2015, ST. LOUIS - SLUCare interventional neurologist Randall Edgell, MD, talked with KSDK's Kay Quinn about retrievable stents.
Using the stent, Dr. Edgell
STUDY: Stents Boost Stroke Recovery
Dec, 19 2014
Randall Edgell, MD, SLUCare neurologist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, tells FOX2's John Pertzborn about a procedure he says is the most "groundbreaking" stroke news since tPA.
Randall C. Edgell, M.D., is a neuro-interventionist with the SSM Neurosciences Institute at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton.
He is board-certified in neurology.
He earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine.
He completed his residency at the New York University School of Medicine, with fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Albany Medical Center Hospital.
He also serves as an assistant professor of surgery and neurology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
His special interests include carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, acute stroke, cerebral aneurysm and brain arteriovenous malformations.
Randall Edgell, MD
"As soon as blood flow is ...
"As soon as blood flow is halted by a clot, the brain tissue that is supplied by that blood starts to melt away," said Randall Edgell, MD, a SLUCare interventional neurologist at Saint Louis University Hospital, and one of the neurospecialists serving the MidAmerica Stroke Network.
"This is a transformative moment in how we treat stroke," said Dr. Edgell
"Using a wire mesh cylinder that allows us to access the brain arteries and the blood clot, we can retrieve the entire clot along with any surrounding fragments, restoring blood flow to brain much more quickly."
The retrievable stent has been used at SLU Hospital
for several years.
This latest clinical research just confirms what neurospecialists like Dr. Edgell
have known all along: the retrievable stent is a game-changer that's impacting outcomes.
For patients who miss the three- hour window for treatment with pharmaceutical treatment, such as tissue plasminogen activator, (tPA) or for those patients with large vessel occlusion for which tPA has very limited efficacy, additional therapy such as stent thrombectomy with the retrievable stent may be the only treatment option.
"The key with any stroke treatment - stent and tPA - is for patients to recognize stroke symptoms.
Most of the time, when we are not able to offer either treatment, it's because patients waited too long to seek medical treatment," said Dr. Edgell
"Hopefully, the advances we're seeing in stroke treatment will also serve as a reminder to the public to be more aware and take action at the first sign of a stroke.
More information on stroke symptoms and treatment options is available at www.
Randall Edgell MD
Randall Edgell, MD, Saint Louis University Hospital Departments of Surgery and Neurology
SLUCare physician Dr. Randall Edgell is an interventional neurologist at Saint Louis University Hospital and an Associate Professor of Interventional and Vascular Neurology, Departments of Surgery and Neurology, at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
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