Tuesday > May 29 > 2007
New device works miracles for stroke victims, but few are eligible (medicare)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
After a second stroke paralyzed Terence Hamill's left side, doctors inserted an
experimental stent in his head. The novel procedure restored crucial blood flow
to Montreal man's brain.
A year later, Hamill, 67, walks without a cane and uses his left arm like new;
despite a slight slur, he has recovered most of his speaking ability.
Last July, Hamill was the first Quebecer and the second man in Canada to benefit
from an intracranial stent, a device that opens up clogged arteries.
But the expensive, state-of-the-art technique is not the first line of treatment
for a stroke victim. It's available only to those who have suffered multiple
strokes because of a narrowing artery and who not respond to medication.
Montreal Neurological Institute of the McGill University Health Centre estimates
that about 10 Canadian patients a year will be able to meet the criteria for the
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