UK HealthCare Becomes Comprehensive Stroke Center

Feb 17, 2014


A successful treatment of stroke-related ailments usually includes a reliance on medical technology along with an involved team of caregivers.  That point was emphasized Monday in Lexington as University of Kentucky HealthCare becomes a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

  A ceremony to celebrate the designation included comments from 35-year-old Traci Beasley who suffered a brain aneurysm in the fall of 2012.  She says one of her caregivers, Justin, got her moving around.  “He was like, you know what, Tylenol ain’t gonna fix you headache. You just need to get up, let’s go out.  You can visit with your son.  So, he wheeled me outside and of course, my headache went away.  He knew exactly what I needed, when I needed it,” said Beasley.

 UK neurosurgeon Dr. Justin Fraser says it’s not uncommon today to have physical therapists working with patients while they are still in the intensive care unit.  He says many aneurysms are managed inside the blood vessel.  “From procedures that would be similar to a cardiac catherization where you’re puncturing a blood vessel in the leg and guiding tiny tubes or catheters up inside the blood vessels of the body and fixing the aneurysm from within,” said Fraser. Chief of Neurological Services, Michael Dobbs, says stroke is plaguing the Appalachian region.  He says the efforts of UK Healthcare focus on stroke care at some 20 partner hospitals in southeast Kentucky.