Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, as well as a major source of disability. It is caused by blockage of blood flow to the brain, or in some cases bleeding in the brain. Joining host Andrew Schorr to discuss prevention and treatment of stroke is Dr. David Robinson, an interventional radiologist at the stroke center at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Also joining the program is Heidi McKenna, who experienced stroke-like symptoms due to a blocked artery. Heidi’s symptoms went away after doctors inserted a stent into her carotid artery.
Stroke is something doctors can do something about, both in the acute phase of the stroke and through preventative measures. Dr. Robinson describes what they can now do with minimally-invasive surgery, both preventatively or to reduce damage in patients experiencing a stroke. He tells listeners when and how to seek medical help. Dr. Robinson also describes signs and symptoms of stroke, including trouble with speech, weakness or numbness in the body, and clouded vision. He also talks about the seriousness of Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), the relationship between heart disease and stroke, and other risk factors. Finally, Dr. Robinson offers ways to lower your risk of stroke, including weight management and quitting smoking.
Listen now to hear answers to listener questions about specific symptoms, carotid dissection and Horner’s syndrome. Find out what signals to look for, and how to prevent this dangerous and common condition.
David Robinson, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist, Virginia Mason Medical CenterDr. David Robinson is an Interventional Radiologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and went on to complete his internship at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Robinson then completed his residency and fellowship in neuroradiology and neurointerventional radiology back at the University of Washington. He is board certified in... more >