St. Dominic's Offers New Treatment for Ischemic Stroke

(July 27, 2012, Jackson, Miss.) St. Dominic's Comprehensive Stroke Center now offers a new treatment for ischemic stroke with the Covidien Solitaire TM Flow Restoration device that combines the ability to restore blood flow and retrieve clots in patients experiencing an acute ischemic stroke.

This new device is so effective that a clinic trial was halted almost a year earlier than planned because of significantly better outcomes reported with Solitaire versus other mechanical retrieval systems.

 “The Solitaire technology enhances our abilities to remove the clot safely and quickly," said Scott McPherson, M.D., Neuro-Interventional Radiologist at St. Dominic's. "This is critical as time is so important to improving a patient’s ability to function after suffering a stroke.” 

A recent clinical study showed patients treated with the Solitaire FR device had higher rates of neurological function and reduced death from stroke three months after the procedure compared to patients treated with alternative devices. The device was shown to be more effective in restoring blood flow, less likely to cause bleeding as a side effect and to improve neurologic outcomes in the months following stroke.

"There is clear evidence that if a patient has expedited treatment of their stroke, their neurological outcome is much improved," said  Ruth Fredericks, M.D., Medical Director of St. Dominic's Primary Stroke Center. "The interventions that are available for stroke patients have totally changed the outcome of stroke.”

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot. St. Dominic's treats approximately 1,200 stroke patients on an annual basis.

"Every year an estimated 5,000 Mississippians experience their first stroke. Many people die but even more suffer from permanent disability." said Wendy Barrilleaux, Stroke Coordinator at St. Dominic's. 

"The Primary Stroke Center at St. Dominic’s offers comprehensive services committed to reducing death and disability caused by stroke.  Our expertly skilled team of clinical professionals offers extensive community education on stroke prevention, rapid diagnosis once symptoms occur, high-tech intervention and expert care to people throughout Central Mississippi."

For more information about St. Dominic's Primary Stroke Center, call 601.200.8000.

About St. Dominic’s

St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital. It is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van.

St. Dominic Hospital is a 535-bed tertiary care hospital located in Jackson, MS serving all of central Mississippi and employs approximately 3,000 nurses, physicians, and skilled caregivers. The medical staff, of nearly 500 leading physicians and specialists, makes St. Dominic’s one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Mississippi. Through 65 years of growth, St. Dominic’s has remained true to its vision. We are St. Dominic’s – a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an Exceptional Encounter Everytime.