Category Archives: stroke

Clot-busting medicine saved her from stroke: Retired physician assistant knew something wasn’t right

BY JIM HOWE Eileen Rosecrants became alarmed during a phone call. “I couldn’t speak clearly,” she recalls of that evening last fall. It wasn’t that her speech was slurred. She couldn’t figure out what to say, so she abruptly hung up, … Continue reading

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A remarkable recovery: His stroke care included fast-moving, coordinated efforts by his wife, ambulance crew and specialists at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE Dave Cartner has a remarkable story to share. The patient The 50-year-old Marcellus resident had finished breakfast on Feb. 13 and was about to leave for his job as a meat supervisor for a local food chain. … Continue reading

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Off-duty nurse spots stroke in progress, springs into action at restaurant

BY JIM HOWE If an Upstate nurse had not decided to take a photo after dining out with a friend, another restaurant patron’s stroke could have turned out much worse. Cassandra “Sandi” Bradford, a diabetes nurse educator, was dining with … Continue reading

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Upstate earns recognition for stroke treatment

Upstate University Hospital’s care for strokes and heart failure has again earned high marks from three national organizations. The award — Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus —  recognizes … Continue reading

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A change of plans: Stroke affects family routine, son’s career path

BY JIM McKEEVER John Licata had a decade of experience in TV/film, print and marketing when he made an abrupt career change. It was Father’s Day weekend of 2013. His father, John Licata Sr., suffered a stroke that left him … Continue reading

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A huge mission: Upstate scientist explores how stem cell therapy may repair brain damage from stroke or Alzheimer’s

BY AMBER SMITH Li-Ru Zhao’s father, Jintian Zhao, was in his mid-60s in 1973 when a blood clot clogged a vessel in his brain and he suffered a stroke. Doctors in China, where he lives, suggested acupuncture or physical therapy … Continue reading

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Fighting back: How a martial artist recovered from stroke

BY AMBER SMITH In the first days of physical therapy, when the therapist would say “great job,” it didn’t feel that way to William Bouchard. The message he heard was: “not good enough.” Recovering from stroke can feel like starting … Continue reading

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Stroke team extends clot-busting ability to 24 hours

Time is a critical element in the treatment of stroke, and now the stroke team at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is able to offer more of it to some patients. The clot-busting, tissue plasminogen activator medication called tPA is most … Continue reading

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Strokes are affecting more young people

BY AMBER SMITH A growing number of young people are at risk for stroke today because so many people age 20 to 55 have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or obesity. These diseases increase any person’s risk for stroke, … Continue reading

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A remarkable and rapid recovery: Family called 911, got him to Upstate stroke team quickly

BY AMBER SMITH Rajeev Saini, MD, typically leaves for work in the morning and doesn’t come home until evening. He came home at lunchtime on May 18 to check on his 16-year-old daughter, who was home sick. Saini is a … Continue reading

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