Meet Gordon

Not all strokes are treated the same

Gordon was playing golf when suddenly he could not see out of his left eye. Another man on the golf course knew what was happening.

“He said, ‘You are having a stroke.’ He seemed to know immediately what the problem was.”

Gordon was taken to UPMC Hamot. The moment interventional neurologist Charles Romero, MD, saw Gordon’s images on the CT scan, he determined the next step would be for Gordon to have a thrombectomy to remove the clot blocking his basilar artery. The procedure was successful, and Gordon has no lasting effects from his stroke.

“I was very lucky to go to UPMC Hamot, where Dr. Romero is one of the few, from what I understand, who can take care of the problem I had.”

UPMC Hamot is one of seven primary stroke centers in western Pennsylvania and has the capacity to provide intervention in a case like Gordon’s

Dr. Romero says prognosis for the type of stroke Gordon had is good if recognized and managed appropriately, and that “Not all strokes are treated the same.”