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Spring 2011

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What could make the difference between a stroke patient walking out of the hospital rather than being pushed in a wheelchair? Going back to work rather than going to rehab? The faster you get to the hospital once stroke symptoms begin, the less likely you are to have any lasting effects. That’s what the doctors say and statistics bear out. “Time is brain” is the stroke-care mantra.

Additional Web Content: More on Stroke Treatment

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Three years ago, Mary Ann Cahalin’s heart was so poorly functioning that she was unable to walk up stairs. The aortic valve in the left pumping chamber of her heart had become narrowed with calcium deposits, limiting blood flow from her heart to the rest of her body. She could barely function.

Additional Web Content: More on spine treatments,


Also In this Issue

  • Breakthroughs: A look at two of the latest technological advances being used at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, including sialendoscopy, patient safety technology and photodynamic therapy.

  • Side by Side - Mystery Diagnosis: It was the flu that wouldn't go away. Adam Brewer had everything from shortness of breath and reduced energy to fluid on his lungs and heart.

  • At a Glance - Turning the Medical Environment into an Art Oasis - Calming. Relaxing. Rejuvenating. Thanks to the Arts + Healthcare program, patients, visitors, caregivers and employees are having their spirits raised and their stresses eased.

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