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Telestroke increases treatment options for stroke patients


LACROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Stroke is the third leading cause of death in patients over65-years-old and it's the leading cause of disability.

MayoClinic Health System showed off a new tool for stroke patients on Tuesdaycalled the Telestroke.

Itsa way for experts in Rochester to examine and communicate with patients in La Crosse.

Fora stroke patient every hour counts so the ability to be treated close to homecan make a world of difference in their recovery.

"Wewould alert our crew here," Kelli Tornstrom, Nurse Stroke Coordinator, MayoClinic Health System said.  "AlertRochester, then we would get a call from a neurologist in Rochester."

"Telestrokehas the potential to extend the window of opportunity of treatment forpatients," Dr. Gregory Pupillo, Neurologist, Mayo Clinic Health Systemsaid.

Itallows a patient to be evaluated in La Crosse by an expert in Rochester to seeif they would benefit from transferring hospitals.

Doctorsin Rochester can zoom the camera in as far as they need so they can do adetailed neurological assessment on the patient.

"Whenyou're assessing a stroke patient you want to be up close and see is therefacial droop?" Tornstrom said.

Doctorscan even view scans of a patients brain to see any damage that may be in thepatients brain.

"Ithink this provides a lot of opportunity for our patients here it allows us tohave expert stroke care from Rochester for our patients here," Dr. Pupillosaid.

Expertcare that can help improve disability following a stroke.

Telestroke isn't replacing face to face care justextending the opportunity for treatment by experts when it can be difficult toget to them.

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