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Friday, February 25, 2011 - Lansing man’s story reflects importance of quick action at Sparrow Stroke Center

Program honored at International Stroke Conference

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LANSING, Michigan – Kevin McSherry of Lansing knows quick action is the only thing that saved his life when he suffered a stroke at age 49.

Soon after feeling the onset of a severe headache and paralysis, McSherry was rushed to Sparrow, where he was quickly given a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a drug that dissolves clots in the brain. In an advanced life-saving procedure, Neurointerventionalist Syed Hussain, M.D., delivered the tPA through a catheter directly to the clot in his brain.

Today, the married father of three walks 4-5 miles a day, watches his diet, and is grateful for his new lease on life.

“At first, the doctor was concerned that I would live. Today, I’d have to say I’m around 95 percent of where I was,” McSherry says. “The care was very good. There were teams of doctors that would routinely check on me. There wasn’t a lack of attention.”

The Sparrow Stroke Center was recently honored for its work at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.  Sparrow was recognized for achievement in meeting the high standards of the Get With The Guidelines program of the American Stroke Association.

Fast action is crucial in caring for stroke patients. Sparrow ranks high above average in administering tPA quickly compared to other hospitals in Michigan and nationally. The Sparrow Stroke Center has also been recognized for its tPA use in a statewide clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Incidences of stroke are common in the mid-Michigan region, but stroke symptoms are often overlooked or misunderstood by the general public.

That’s why the Sparrow Stroke Center is so important. Research shows patients who are treated at certified stroke centers achieve better results than others.

The center’s services includes specially trained stroke neurologists, a neurointerventionalist , neurosurgeons, and a multi-disciplinary team to deliver care. Sparrow’s One-Call system for helicopter transport and an outpatient clinic are other components of this comprehensive program.

“The Sparrow Stroke Center is distinctive because it’s the major regional center in mid-Michigan that combines multiple specialties to provide excellent care to patients with stroke,” Dr. Hussain says.

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