New Stroke Visor Can Detect Sign of Strokes in Less Than 1 Minute

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(CBS) — 67-year-old Oliver Peart is getting back to his routine after a major health scare.

“I would never have known you had a stroke,” said reporter, Nikki Battiste.
“I think I made a full recovery and the problem is just with the eye,” said Peart, a stroke patient

8 months ago he was at work when suddenly he couldn’t move the left side of his body. He was rushed to the emergency room where doctors used this portable, wireless visor to determine he suffered a severe stroke. The cerebrotech visor  transmits low-power radio waves through the brain looking for changes in blood flow. It takes just 30 seconds to analyze the fluids. 

“The big thing about a stroke is that there’s asymmetry when one of the arteries feeding one side of the brain is blocked compared to the other side,” said Dr. Christopher Kellner, the director of the Intracerebral Hemorrhage Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. “So, we can detect that with this visor.”

Kellner at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital says the goal of the visor technology is to help quickly identify patients who have had a severe stroke so they can receive immediate treatment. 

“Time is brain,” Kellner said. “As someone is having a stroke, they’re losing many, many neurons every second. And so anytime we can decrease from that is very important.”
 
“My brain functioning starting to go south, you know,” said Peart. “And it was really scary.”

Peart said he’s grateful he was treated at an ER testing the new technology.

“The type of stroke I had, a lot of time the patient doesn’t survive. So, you know, I’m lucky,” Peart said.

He said the only lingering side effect is some vision loss in his left eye.

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