Surviving Stroke: When Seconds Count

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Thanks to a fast-acting neighbor and Renown Health, a local woman is looking forward to a full recovery from a stroke. 

On a day like many other, Reno resident Janet Chubb was preparing for work and heading out the door. When she suddenly dropped her keys and glasses, everything changed. 

“I bent down to get them and sat down on the floor for some reason,” Chubb says. “Then I didn’t have any strength to get up. I could not move.” 

Fortunately her phone was nearby. She called her neighbor, a flight attendant, who recognized the signs of a stroke from her slurred speech and immediately called 911.

Chubb says REMSA paramedics arrived quickly and took her to Renown Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Services. Her blood clot was removed within two hours of the 911 call.

 

“When we activate the Code Stroke, that means that we are waiting for the patient,” says Radiologist Rajesh Rangaswamy, M.D., Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health.“As soon as the patient comes to the ER, we take the patient to the CT scan. Everything happens in a very, very urgent manner, because every minute we lose, millions of neurons die.”

Rangaswamy removed the blood clot in Chubb’s brain using a stent retriever — a catheter is inserted into the blood vessel, then the stent device captures the clot and pulls it from the blood vessel.

Chubb says she expects to fully recover.

“I’m really so lucky,” Chubb says. “I got really good treatment, really efficient treatment. And when you have a heart attack or a stroke at Renown’s ER, you are first on the list. You are rushed in and taken care of. I attribute my fairly miraculous recovery to instant attention.”

And just to be safe when she is alone, Chubb wears a medical alert system that provides 24/7 emergency help.

Learn more about the Institute for Heart & Vascular Health at renown.org/heart.

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