Saving Stroke Patients

April 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY - Dr. Richard V. Smith, medical director for Mercy's NeuroScience Institute in Oklahoma City, appeared on KFOR-TV to discuss a revolutionary and lifesaving procedure Mercy performs on patients suffering from strokes.

The most common type of stroke occurs when a clot blocks an artery leading to the brain, killing off millions of brain cells ever minute. For years now, Mercy has used a procedure known as a Stent Retriever to pull blood clots out of the brain. The device; a small, wire cage; is threaded up from the groin and into the brain to grab the blood clot.

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was the second hospital in the nation and the first in Oklahoma to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center from the Joint Commission.

Warning Signs of Stroke

When it comes to stroke, Dr. Smith says time is brain. Remember to Think FASST!

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven?

Arm - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift down?

Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does their speech sound strange?

Sight - Is there a sudden loss of vision?

Time - Don't waste time. Act fast and call 911.


Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 


Mercy NeuroScience Institute

  • 4120 W. Memorial Road
    Oklahoma City, OK 73120

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