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Valuable Clinical Updates from ISC2021

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There were many important presentations at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) this week. Several will have immediate impact on how acute stroke events are managed. Others will influence long term secondary stroke prevention.

Data from the MR CLEAN-NO IV trial supports the continued use of IV thrombolysis prior to endovascular (EVT) for patients with large vessel occlusion (LVO) strokes instead of EVT alone. Earlier trials regarding direct to EVT treatment had been inconclusive. In this trial, EVT alone failed to meet a non-inferiority threshold.

“This is important and practical information that aids us in the day-to-day care of acute stroke patients,” reported Adam Heller, MD, Managing Partner for TeleSpecialists, an industry leader in acute telestroke evaluations. “Our group works closely with primary and comprehensive stroke centers (CSCs) as well as spoke facilities feeding into CSC hubs. We emphasize a process that allows for timely emergent medical and endovascular treatments, and this trial supports that perspective in optimizing stroke care. It is not good enough to target thrombolytic or EVT treatment decisions alone, but an evaluation process that addresses both treatment options serves patients the best.”

Additional practical information coming from the ISC includes the value of invasive cardiac monitoring (ICM) for all stroke patients. The original CRYSTAL AF trial explored the utility of an ICM for detecting atrial fibrillation in patients with strokes that had no clear underlying etiology. The newer data presented at ISC from the STROKE AF trial expanded the patient pool to those with stroke attributed to large artery atherosclerotic disease or small vessel disease.

In these patients, Afib was detected 12.1% of the time in those with ICM as opposed to 1.8% of those with usual care. And as seen in CRYSTAL AF, the time to AFib detection was longer that that usually provided by a 30-day event monitor, with the median detection occurring at 99 days.

Dr. Heller commented, “This may require an even closer collaboration with cardiology and the placement of ICM for all stroke patients, not just those with cryptogenic stroke. While antiplatelet therapies like aspirin have been the mainstay of secondary stroke prevention in patients with what appear to be non-embolic large and small vessel strokes, there are likely more patients with Afib whose secondary stroke prevention plan should include anticoagulation based on these findings. Since we round on up to 250 patients per day in the acute care setting, determining the next best steps in terms of evaluation and treatment of stroke and TIA patients is critical to the patient care we provide.”

Learn more about how TeleSpecialists’ exceptional TeleStroke and TeleNeurology services can benefit your stroke program by exploring our website. Or, schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable business development director at your convenience.

Nattasha Acevedo, MD

Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and did her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She went on to do a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Emory School of Medicine in Atla nta, Georgia and then joined private practice in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She likes running, paddle boarding and spending time with family.
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Bernadette Borte, MD

Dr. Borte received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include inpatient neurology and acute stroke. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Dr. Borte joined the TeleSpecialist family in March of 2019.
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Mazen Almidani, MD

Dr. Almidani is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in epilepsy, as well as neurology with special  qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Almidani is happily married with 4 children. His oldest son has autism and his daughter has complicated seizures; both were a drive for him to become a neurologist. Dr. Almidani enjoys soccer, running and spending time with his family. He is very involved with his sons’ therapy and helping with daily challenges. He is double board certified in Pediatric and Adult Neurology and Epilepsy. He sees children and adults. He also participates in charities for children in Syria who may be underprivileged and/or affected by the war. Dr. Almidani joined TeleSpecialists in August 2020.
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Amanda Cheshire, MD

Dr. Cheshire received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She did a fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Cheshire is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. She currently resides in Viera, Florida.  Dr. Cheshire joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.
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Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus in EEG and epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of lifestyle medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones. She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.
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Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers. 
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Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, MD

Dr. Jimenez Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her neurology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she also did a specialized headache medicine and facial pain fellowship. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and her two daughters. She is also fluent in Spanish and Italian languages, and enjoys photography, baking, boating, and biking.
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Cory Lamar, MD

Dr. Lamar received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology, with a concentration in epilepsy. He currently resides in Florida and enjoys outdoor activities.
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Clifford Meyers, MD

Dr. Meyers received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester, where he also did a neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Meyers resides in Webster, New York with his wife and daughter. When not doing teleneurology, he enjoys playing sports with his wife and daughter.
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Tao Tong, MD

Dr. Tong received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she also did a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship.  She currently resides in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tong is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.
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Shubhangi Chumble, MD

Dr. Chumble attended BJ Medical School. She is a board certified neurologist with a subspeciality interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Chumble did her residency at Howard University in Washington DC and has practiced neurology since 2001 in private and corporate settings. She lives in Melbourne, Florida and loves the sunshine state. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, cooking , traveling and meeting new people. She also loves to do stained glass, pottery and painting. She joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.
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