When Monique arrived in the emergency department with signs of a stroke, the team immediately gave her a clot-busting medicine and rushed to neurosurgeon Dr. Brian Walcott, who performed a mechanical thrombectomy—a procedure that uses a device to grab clots and remove them. The surgery was successful, and an MRI showed no permanent injury to her brain.
But in an unusual twist, Monique returned to the hospital two days later with numbness in her left arm. An MRI showed she had tiny embolic strokes, which occur when clots or debris form away from the brain and get swept through the bloodstream through narrower veins.
The MRI also showed a tiny hole in between the chambers of Monique’s heart, which can make it easier for clots to form and cause a stroke. Interventional cardiologist Dr. Steven Burstein performed a procedure to close the hole.
Although Monique suffered two strokes in the same week, she is fully recovered with no speech or movement problems, thanks to the urgent, expert care she received from Dr. Matthew Tenser and his Good Sam colleagues.
“They are the A-team,” said Monique of her doctors and nurses. “They saved my life. I was absolutely 100% satisfied with the care and treatment I received.”