There’s a saying in stroke care: “Time is brain.” It is estimated that once a stroke starts, 1.9 million brain cells die each minute until the blood supply to the brain is reestablished.
In other words, rapid diagnosis and treatment are key to positive outcomes when it comes to caring for stroke patients. That is why White Plains Hospital is continuing to focus on the evolution of its stroke and neurology program to meet the needs of patients throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
The evolution continues today with the most advanced development yet: the recent debut of White Plains Hospital’s state-of-the-art biplane angiography suite and the ability to offer mechanical thrombectomy—
the manual removal of blood clots in the brain.
Performing these advanced procedures will be a neurointerventional team from Montefiore, led by Dr. Allan Brook, Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Montefiore Medical Center.
“We are excited to bring the highest quality of acute stroke care to our local community,” says Dr. Brook. “One of the largest delays in treatment is transfers to outside hospitals. Our neuro-endovascular team is one of the most experienced in the country at removing clots from arteries that block blood flow from getting into the brain. We also live in this community and believe patients and their families do better when care is expedited by experts who are immersed in their neighborhood.”
The new biplane angiography suite allows clinicians to utilize two planes, or views (frontal and lateral), of brain neurovascular imaging simultaneously. That provides the physicians with the unique ability to three-dimensionally reproduce the vascular roadmap in real time to help navigate from outside the body to inside
the brain in minutes. It also allows them to better diagnose and treat stroke and such other neurological conditions as arteriovenous malformations, brain aneurysms, fistulas, and other neurovascular disorders.
The decreased navigation time lessens the duration of being under anesthesia and accelerates the recovery.
“This vision of our neurology program begins with reversing the stroke problem with thrombectomy (suctioning the clot out of the artery through a microcatheter) and subsequently expediting the rehabilitation
as early in the process as possible,” Dr. Brook says. “We coordinate this spectrum of the ultimate care with our nearby Burke Rehabilitation Center, which is another award-winning institute that is part of our healthcare system.”
The ability to perform thrombectomies is the latest example of White Plains Hospital bringing the most advanced treatments to its community. Concludes Dr. Brook: “We are looking forward to continuing
to evolve the neurology program here in Westchester.”