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Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2014: 26%National
Benchmark: 3-8% (estimated national average)
only 3 to 8% of patients with ischemic stroke receive tPA. At the St. Anthony Comprehensive Stroke
Center, it is our goal to give this medication to all eligible patients in a
timely yet safe manner. St. Anthony
Hospital treated approximately 26% of ischemic stroke patients with this potentially
life saving drug.
Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2014: 5%National
Benchmark: 6% (estimated national average)
St. Anthony Hospital has very
experienced surgeons and staff performing these procedures and has not
experienced any deaths or strokes during these surgical procedures during the
carotid arteries are located in the neck and bring oxygenated blood to the
brain. These arteries may become narrowed by a build-up of cholesterol
and calcium, called plaque. Narrowing of
the vessel can either lead to decreased flow of blood to the brain, or pieces
of plaque may break off and travel to the brain and cut off blood supply,
leading to a stroke. Doctors may recommend surgery to open the artery,
called a Carotid Endarterectomy, or placement of a wire mesh, called a
Stent. These procedures open the carotid artery to restore normal blood
flow to the brain. Our rate of
complications was 5%, which is lower than the national benchmark of 6%.
Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2014: 0%National
Benchmark: 8.35% (estimated national average)
St. Anthony Hospital has an
excellent track record for both coiling and clipping aneurysms. The data presented is regarding the surgical
clipping of an aneurysm. There have been
no strokes or deaths in patients with unruptured aneurysms who underwent
surgical clipping of their cerebral aneurysm at St. Anthony Hospital.
aneurysm is a weak spot in an artery that bulges outward and fills with blood. This
is potentially dangerous as the bulge can burst, or rupture, causing bleeding
into and around the brain. This is
called an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and is a very dangerous type of
hemorrhagic, or bleeding stroke.
Fortunately, most aneurysms do not rupture.
ruptured or unruptured, there are two procedures commonly used to either clamp
off or place coils inside of the aneurysm to clot it off. Surgical clipping involves placing a small
metal clip across the base of the aneurysm to block it off from the
artery. During endovascular coiling, a
catheter is threaded up to the aneurysm and a tiny wire coil is placed into the
aneurysm. Blood will clot around the
coils which prevents blood from flowing into the weakened area of the artery. Blood
is still able to flow past the clipped or coiled aneurysm in the normal part of
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