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Modern Medicine: Telemedicine for Stroke Patients

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Panama City, Fla. -

With a stroke, getting prompt treatment is crucial.  A new technology is helping patients get faster treatment.  It's called telemedicine and is being used at Gulf Coast Medical Center.  Telemedicine allows neurologists to evaluate patients quickly from anywhere.

Neurologist Dr. Hoda Elzawahry says, "Stroke results in immediate damage to the brain."  That's why being able to evaluate a patient quickly using telemedicine is so important.

Dr. Elzawahry explains how telemedicine works, "There will be a robot in different ERs throughout the Northwest Florida region, and these robots via satellite connection will remote into our computer where we can directly speak with the patient."

Dr. Elzawahry says this technology helps with faster response times, which equates to better outcomes for the patient.  For example, doctors can determine if a patient needs a clot-busting drug that only works if given within hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

Doctors say the audio and video consultations are done in real-time, and ER physicians can consult directly with the neurologist instead of having to relay information over the phone.

If you are having any symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.  The American Stroke Association says the signs of a stroke include face drooping or numbness, arm weakness, and difficulty with speech, such as slurring words.