Stroke basics: Understand the symptoms, and call 911

"Dial 911 for emergencies." You think this is simple and obvious, right? It turns out that a recent study found that one-third of patients with stroke symptoms did not call 911 when they were...

Carotid Dissections, Stroke and Telestroke

New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin recently wrote an article that did a great job of describing a stroke from a patient’s perspective, as well as discussing some new advances in stroke treatment...

OHSU Brain Institute experts at the cutting edge of treating stroke

With stroke, time is brain. When people suffer strokes, they need certain medical treatments within a limited amount of time, or their brains can be so damaged that they will have permanent...

So what is a Comprehensive Stroke Center anyway?

This week the Oregon Stroke Center at the OHSU Brain Institute was very pleased to receive the following notification from our hospital accreditation organization: “Effective Immediately The...

Why do women suffer more strokes?

Before I became a physician, I used to think that heart attacks and strokes were problems for men, and that the only thing women had to worry about was breast cancer. Then, during my training, I...

Cholesterol: good, bad… keep track of it all

What is cholesterol and why do we care? Understanding cholesterol can be tricky. It took me a few years to convince my parents that only foods that contain animal products contain cholesterol....

What is a stroke?

What is a stroke, and what are its warning signs? This isn’t common knowledge to many people. It should be. A stroke is basically injury to the brain or spinal cord (yes, spinal cords can...