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Stroke patients in north Mississippi now
have access to a new surgical technique
that could improve recovery
Stacy, MD, joined
Medical Center in
2016 with the goal
of providing even
Jason Stacy, MD
stroke care, including manual blood clot removal in some
complicated stroke cases.
There are two types of strokes: hemorrhagic and ischemic. A hemorrhagic
stroke occurs when a weakened blood
vessel ruptures and spills blood into brain
tissue. An ischemic stroke occurs as a
result of an obstruction within a blood
vessel supplying blood to the brain-by
far the most common cause of stroke.
For years, the gold standard of
treatment for ischemic strokes has
been tissue plasminogen activator, or
tPA, given through an IV in the arm.
tPA works by dissolving the clot and
improving blood flow to the brain. If
administered within about three hours,
tPA may improve the chances of recovering from stroke.
"Anyone who is a candidate for tPA
should still get it," Stacy says. "But tPA
plus manual thrombectomy, or surgical
removal of the clot, provides superior
results. Receiving both interventions
gives us a better chance of a short- and
For this treatment option, a trained
physician will try to remove the blood
clot by sending a device called a stent
retriever to the site of the blocked blood
vessel in the brain. To remove the clot,
What Are Your Risk Factors?
Several factors increase your risk of stroke. Some you cannot control, such
as age, family health history, race and gender. But you can modify, treat
or control many other risks. For more information on stroke care at North
Mississippi Medical Center, call 800-THE DESK (800-843-3375) or visit
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NMMC's Stroke Survivors Group meets
at 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each
month in the NMMC Wellness Center
Classroom, 1030 S. Madison St., Tupelo.
doctors thread a catheter through an
artery in the groin up to the blocked
artery. The stent retriever grabs the
clot, and doctors remove the stent and
the trapped clot.
This intervention also benefits
patients who are not candidates to
"If you are outside the 3.5-hour time
window for tPA, this procedure is still
an option," Stacy says.
However, this procedure works for a
very specific type of blood clot in a specific large blood vessel of the brain.
"Not every stroke patient will be a
candidate for this intervention," Stacy
says. "But the ones who are are typically the ones with a more devastating
stroke. It's the ones that cause entire
paralysis or death. We are fortunate to
have a new option for these patients to
hopefully give them faster and better