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May is American Stroke Month, and MUSC wants to help increase stroke awareness and educate South Carolinians that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

Do you know how to spot the signs of a stroke?

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

  • F: Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • A: Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S: Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T: Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Time is brain. New treatments are available that greatly reduce the damage caused by a stroke--but you need to arrive at the hospital within 60 minutes after symptoms start to prevent disability.

MUSC's Comprehensive Stroke Center services include the latest in surgical and minimally invasive interventions, telemedicine outreach, on-site emergency care, on, stroke-specific hospital units and trained staff.

National Walking Day LogoWednesday, April 2 is National Walking Day and we are inviting employees, patients and community members to celebrate with us.  We'll be walking the "medical mile" together.  Meet at the Horseshoe at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, April 2 to join the group walk.  We'll have information and "freebies" courtesy of MUSC, the American Heart Association and Fleet Feet of Mt. Pleasant.

There are many reasons to begin exercising and walking is one of the easiest exercises to fit into your life.  Here are some reasons to get moving:

  •          Research has shown that each hour of regular exercise can add about two hours to your life expectancy, even if you don't start until middle age.
  •          Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger.
  •          Exercise increases the flow of oxygen, which directly affects the brain. Your mental awareness and memory can be improved with physical activity.
  •          Becoming more active can lower your blood pressure by about as much as some high-blood pressure medications.

Mark your calendar to join us and get moving on National Walking Day!

Tony Skatell, MUSC heart patient
Tony Skatell, MUSC heart patient

In 2012 MUSC patient Tony Skatell experienced sudden cardiac death at age 59. A family history of heart disease had led to three blocked vessels in Tony’s heart, which caused his heart to go into a deadly rhythm. Thankfully, he received CPR at the scene and was flown to MUSC for treatment. The experts at MUSC’s Heart & Vascular team quickly diagnosed his heart disease and cardiac surgeon John Kratz, M.D. performed lifesaving surgery on him.

Now Tony is back to living a very active life, with a new sense of gratitude for each day.

Nick CollinsIn one instant in August 2012, 26-year-old Nick Collins’ life changed forever. Nick was thrown from the car he was riding in and run over by an 18-wheeler, crushing his pelvis and legs. He was rushed to the Trauma Center at MUSC, where he underwent massive resuscitation from shock and was eventually stabilized. He was admitted to the Surgical Trauma ICU (STICU) and put into a medically induced coma.

Physicians initially told Nick’s family that his injuries were so severe that he had less than a 1% chance to survive. The Trauma and surgical teams didn’t give up, however, and neither did Nick.

Together, with the support of Nick’s friends and family, Nick survived. He spent 62 days in a coma, endured dozens of surgeries and received more than 150 units of blood. Surgeons eventually amputated Nick’s left leg at the hip. Three months after the crash, Nick was moved to a rehabilitation hospital; on January 21, Nick finally went home.

Nick plays guitar in a local Charleston band, and has recently begun performing again. “It’s a miracle I’m alive,” Nick said. “If it wasn’t for MUSC, I wouldn’t be here today.”

MUSC has the only ACS verified Level I Trauma Center in South Carolina.

Watch Nick's story here:


max inmanMax Inman from Surfside Beach, SC suffered from heartburn since he was a teenager. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disease that affects the esophagus and the stomach. It can cause food and stomach acid to flow into the esophagus, leading to burning, pressure and pain. Long-term, GERD can lead to esophageal bleeding or ulcers, coughing, hoarseness and may be a precursor to esophageal cancer. Although it can often be treated with lifestyle modifications or medication, some patients with chronic or severe GERD may require surgery. 

In late 2012, Max became one of the first patients in SC to undergo a new procedure to treat GERD. Dr. David Adams from MUSC implanted the LINX Reflux Management System via a minimally invasive procedure, which involved placing a small, flexible ring of magnetic titanium beads around Max's lower esophagus. The device helps keep stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus, but is flexible enough to allow food to pass into the stomach. LINX helps avoid some of the side effects of traditional GERD surgery, and enables patients to return home the same day or day after surgery and return to a normal diet immediately. MUSC was the first in South Carolina and among the first 20 institutions in the country to perform the LINX procedure.

Watch Max's story about having the LINX procedure at MUSC.


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