According to the
American Heart Association, strokes are the third-leading cause of death in
the United States and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. On average,
someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 53 seconds.
Kissela standing in front ofhis Subaru Outback Wagon
The University of Cincinnati
is one of the nations leading centers in the battle against stroke. The Greater
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team has made major contributions in the areas
of stroke treatment, prevention and epidemiology. The team a group of physicians
and many other allied health professionals serves the 1.3 million residents
of the Cincinnati area by caring for all acute stroke victims.
Brett Kissela is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati
and a member of the stroke team. Dr. Kissela relies on his 2001 Subaru Outback to
help him provide care at a moments notice.
A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery supplying the brain. If the clot
is not dissolved as soon as possible, the part of the brain fed by the artery will
not get enough oxygen and may be irreversibly damaged. Clot-busting medicine must
be administered to stroke victims within three hours.
When an acute stroke patient arrives at any of Cincinnatis 16 hospitals, the
stroke teams members are immediately called in to assess the patient supply
treatment. The teams physicians take calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
I love the Outback, Dr. Kissela says. Its particularly well
suited to my profession. I have to get to the patient quickly in any kind of weather
if were going to reverse the stroke. A dependable vehicle like the Outback
is a necessity.