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Jimmy Dutch Gaines (Dude Weather) credits 'luck or Prince or baby Jesus' after surviving aneurysm
[City Pages, March 5, 2018] Two hours before an aneurysm burst in his brain, Jimmy Dutch Gaines was on the phone with Chrissie Dunlap, reflecting on how good he felt about his life.
Gaines told Dunlap that he was afraid to admit to how good he felt, as though it would cause the other shoe to drop. “She said, ‘Nope. You should always celebrate when things are going good because those are usually fleeting moments,’” he recalls.
Fleeting indeed. At 5:30 p.m. that evening, February 9, Gaines was typing away on his laptop when he felt his head welling up. “It wasn’t painful, but it was really disconcerting,” he says. Soon he was slammed with a headache.
“My doctor [Dr. Yasha Kayan] told me how, at every corner, I shouldn’t have survived this,” Gaines says. “I’m incredibly lucky to have survived and be pretty much intact.” Read more about who Gaines credits for his survival at citypages.com.
A new beginning at 63
[Crow River Media, July 19, 2017] June 13 will be a date that lives in Litchfield resident Terri (Gutormson) Hopp's memory. It's the day she underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
An aneurysm is a weakened area in the wall of an artery. Without treatment, it can burst, creating a life-threatening problem.
Rather than cutting into her skull, Dr. Josser Delgado used a less invasive procedure called endovascular embolization, also known as "coiling."
It allows the surgeon — in Hopp's case — to access the aneurysm through two less-than-one-quarter-inch incisions in her groin. Delgado was able to pack four platinum embolic coils, which are small implantable devices that look like springs into the aneurysm. The coils help with clot formation thus preventing blood from entering. The procedure stabilizes the aneurysm and prevents it from rupturing.
What set Hopp's surgery apart from others was that her procedure was filmed for a Star Tribune story about Minnesota's role in the growing market for less-invasive tools for treating aneurysms and strokes. Read more about Hopp's story at crowrivermedia.com.
Reaching deep into the brain to treat strokes [and aneurysms]
[Star Tribune, June 24, 2017] The skinny tools that can reach deep into the brain to treat aneurysms and strokes without cutting the skull have advanced far enough to spur new medical specialties known as endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology.
Today about 70 percent of brain aneurysms are treated with skinny tubes inserted in blood vessels until they reach the brain. Now similar types of tools are being used to reach stroke-causing blood clots as well, but...only about 1 in 10 stroke patients who would benefit from the highly recommended treatment get it.
New technology saves two-time stroke survivor
[Fox 9 News, March 2, 2017] Twin Cities teacher, Viet Le, has suffered two stokes at only 45 years old. He is now back in the classroom due to a new life-saving technology. "We are very thankful we have devices available to retrieve those clots out of the brain very, very quickly, said Dr. Josser Delgado, who works at Abbott Northwestern.
Good Question: Why Do We Get Headaches?
[WCCO 4 News March 2, 2017] Headaches are not pain in a person’s brain because the brain itself doesn’t have any pain sensors in it. “Headaches are usually related to pain sensors in the lining of the brain or in the blood vessels of the brain,” said Dr. Yasha Kayan, an interventional neuroradiologist with Allina Health.
Hidden Factors of Stroke
[KARE 11 News, Nov. 21, 2016] Dr. Josser Delgado reviews lesser known causes of stroke such as trauma to the head or neck, inflammation in blood vessel walls, and genetic or congenital conditions.
Drs. Josser Delgado and Yasha Kayan are lead authors on the first published comparison of the two primary techniques for mechanical thrombectomy for acute strokes!
Comparison of clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic strokes treated with mechanical thrombectomy using either Solumbra or ADAPT techniques.
Delgado Almandoz JE, Kayan Y, Young ML, Fease JL, Scholz JM, Milner AM, Hehr TH, Roohani P, Mulder M, Tarrel RM.
J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Dec 14. pii: neurintsurg-2015-012122. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2015-012122. [Epub ahead of print]