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SEHA is urging those showing stroke symptoms to go for immediate checkups

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ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2022 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) sharing how Tawam Hospital doctors have saved the lives of 600 stroke patients in 2021 owing to their medical expertise and the hospital’s state of the art technologies. The patients received treatment in Tawam Hospital’s emergency department after suffering strokes that left them in critical conditions.

One case included a 42-year-old male patient who was rushed to their emergency department due to a suspected stroke, showing symptoms of slurred speech and weakness in the right side of his body.

Upon his arrival to the emergency department (ED), the patient, MD Islam, went through a comprehensive check-up where the attending physician determined that he was displaying symptoms of a stroke. He was taken for CT brain and CT angiography scans on his head and neck. Doctors had then determined that the patient had suffered a Brain Stem Stroke due to an obstructed blood supply to the brain stem and promptly received thrombolytic therapy – the use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots. He was then admitted to the stroke unit for monitoring.

The patient’s case was referred to a multidisciplinary team at Tawam Hospital, consisting of consultants, specialists, stroke nurses, a speech therapist, a nutritionist, and a rehabilitation expert, to closely monitor his progress and care for him. He was administered a complete course of blood clotting treatment which abated his symptoms and completely restored his full strength within 30 minutes of receiving the treatment.

“Advances in medical and radiological procedures have positively contributed to the recovery and treatment outcome of stroke patients. The sooner a stroke patient is treated after the onset of symptoms, the more effectively they can recover. Patients who arrive at the hospital within approximately three and half hours from the onset of stroke symptoms have the best chances to fully or near fully recover,” said Dr. Ali Hassan, Consultant Neurologist at Tawam Hospital.

“In the event of a major blockage in the blood vessels, an interventional radiologist is involved to immediately remove the clot, in accordance with the approved international protocols. Tawam Hospital houses an experienced team of interventional radiology consultants, working alongside a highly qualified multidisciplinary team to deal with strokes and manage them comprehensively. This in turn leads to drastic changes in the patient’s condition and translates into positive outcomes and recovery.”

WAM/Tariq alfaham

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