On January 11, Kevin Farhat suffered a severe headache and a sore throat. The pain brought him to his knees. He managed to call a friend for a ride to the hospital. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
Hilda Guerra, MD, a neurocritical care specialist at Spectrum Health, and the health team found Kevin’s problem – a ruptured aneurysm and stroke. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
About 1 in 1 people who suffer from aneurysms and strokes do not keep the hospital alive. Those who reach the hospital, however, stand a better chance of survival. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
Kevin needed immediate microsurgery, along with Spectrum Health, by Paul Mazaris, MD, Brain Vascular Neurosurgeon. She has a faint stain on her hair. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
Dr. Guevara specializes in the treatment of critically ill patients. It is usually associated with stroke patients or those with blood clots in the brain, bleeding in the brain and rupture of arteries. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
“We hope we know what to expect and how to treat them to keep them alive and prevent other health problems,” Dr Guerra said of the patients who underwent brain surgery. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
“I’m very, very lucky,” Kevin said. “Based on what I’ve read, I may be looking to stay healthy for months to months, possibly on a food tube and ventilator.” (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)
Vin 56, Kevin Farhat admits he is a lucky man.
On January 11, he suffered a severe headache, later described as a roaring headache – and a sore throat lingering in his waist.
Extraordinary pain brought him to his knees. He arranged to call a friend for a ride Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Where he quickly did a CT scan.
The health team identified the problem – a ruptured aneurysm and stroke.
Farhat needs immediate surgery.
One of her experiences was that a stroke aneurysm was common for sufferers after a stroke Paul Mazaris, MD, A cerebral vascular neurosurgeon with Spectrum Health.
About 1 in 1 people who suffer from aneurysms and strokes do not keep the hospital alive. Those who reach the hospital, however, stand a better chance of survival.
Recovery is a team effort.
Dr. Mazaris and his surgical staff lead the initial care, which is done immediately after treatment in the intensive care unit.
“It all happens very quickly,” he said Hilda Guerra, MD, An expert in Neurocritical June Spectrum on health. “It takes a team of physicians and assistants, respiratory therapists and nurses who work very quickly to care for patients.”
Dr. Guevara leads the treatment in the intensive care unit.
“There’s a lot going on when there’s a bleed or a stroke,” she said.
The decision to have brain surgery should be made within 2 hours of a burst aneurysm or stroke.
The extent of damage by a rupture is an important factor in determining survival and recovery, while the age and health of a patient are also factors. Young, healthy patients have a better chance of recovery.
After the surgery, Farhat spent about two weeks in intensive care.
Dr. Guerra, a neurointentivist, specializes in the treatment of critically ill patients. This usually includes patients with blood clots in the brain, bleeding in the brain, and ruptured arteries.
Sometimes, patients go directly to the emergency department to see a doctor. Go to Guevara, who can determine if surgery is necessary. But there are times when doctors in the emergency department call a surgeon.
Finally, any patient with a bleeding disorder, Drs. Guerra comes under care.
She follows the patient during the health journey, their vital organs are functioning properly and preventing them from shutting down.
The intensive care team performs a myriad of important tasks.
Dr. “We put breathing tubes, central lines, large IV lines,” Guerra said. “We perform a variety of procedures to treat patients depending on what type of brain problem they have and the side effects they are experiencing.”
Fortunately, many medical challenges in the intensive care unit are predictable and treatable.
“We know what to expect and how to treat them to keep them alive and prevent other health problems,” said Dr Guira. “We manage things very strictly so that people can’t develop complications.”
Farhat returned home after 1 day of intensive care.
Although he did not need to be in poor health before the aneurysm broke out, he is already working on a number of changes to ensure full recovery.
Prior to this experience, she had not seen a physician regularly. That will change, he said.
She plans to attend all follow-up appointments.
He is drinking and quitting. He is working to reduce his salt and sugar intake. She plans to eat a high-protein diet and stay away from fried foods, burgers and the like.
“A few months ago I enjoyed everything,” he said.
He is also getting more rest.
He has three bars in the Grand Rapids area, but he shortens his own work hours – from 60 hours a week to 225.
He knows that many people die beyond him. It is a blessing not only to survive, but to survive without any major side effects.
“I’m very, very lucky,” he said. “Based on what I’ve read about myself, I’ve probably been looking at a feed tube and a ventilator for months to months.”
He is accompanied by a brother, three sisters, two nieces and nephews and many family members.
“I have a lot to live for,” he said. “I am very successful and I have a lot of people who are praying for me and those prayers clearly help.”
He also credited the incredible medical team.
“I am grateful to live in a city that has this level of neurosurgery expertise,” he said. “In my opinion, this is second to none.”