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March 8, 2019

Survivors Throw Strikes Against Stroke

FAST-acting medical attention culminated in some fast balls thrown from the pitcher’s mound by stroke survivors at Strike Out Stroke Night events in Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock and Arvest Park in Springdale. Remembering the FAST acronym — Face, Arm, Speech and Time — is central to recognizing the stroke symptoms of facial drooping…


Stroke Survivor Reconnects through SeniorNet Classes

Karene Stanton used to fix cars and trucks for a living, and then he had a stroke at the age of thirty-six. Three years later, SeniorNet at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging is teaching him new skills that may allow him to put back together something else — the rest of his…


Searcy Mom, Teacher Thankful for Stroke Program

Double vision was the first symptom Ticia Covington, 25, of Searcy noticed while she was getting ready for her fifth day as a school teacher. The mother of two called for her husband, Reagan, and asked him if her eyes looked crossed. About that time her right side suddenly weakened, causing her to fall. “Reagan…


Monticello Woman’s Irregular Heartbeat Cured at UAMS

For most of us, the electrical impulses that keep our heartbeat steady are rarely given much thought. But when the circuitry goes haywire, as it did for Glenda Kay Newton Wood of Monticello, finding the right physician is critical. After nearly four years and two heart bypass surgeries, the situation was dire when Wood found Hakan…


UAMS Performs First Heart-Stopping Surgery to Repair Aneurysm

Ashley Bell’s heart stopped beating while she was on the operating table. But that was exactly what her doctors intended. She is the first patient in at UAMS and likely the entire state to undergo Adenosine induced asystole in aneurysm surgery, a method that stops the heart and blood flow to an aneurysm, making it…


‘Perfect Storm’ Saves Life of UAMS Faculty Member

The first person to see Paul Thaxton slumped in a chair in the lobby of the Administration West building initially thought he was asleep. Thaxton, division director for the Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences program in the College of Health Professions, had not fallen asleep while waiting on his ride home that February afternoon. He was…


Telemedicine Key to Physician’s Stroke Recovery

Robert Scott, M.D., on Dec. 9 lost almost all control he had over the right side of his body. He was having a stroke. Less than three hours later, he had regained all its function with help from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) neurologist Sami Harik, M.D., the AR Saves (Arkansas Stroke Assistance…


Patient Receives Stents and Bypass – a UAMS First

Patricia Ernst questioned her heart surgeon, UAMS’ Gareth Tobler, M.D., when he proposed a unique solution to blockages in three of her coronary arteries. “Do you mean I’m going to be a guinea pig?” Ernst asked before being reassured that her treatments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences would be in her long-term…


‘Pathway’ Helps Crossett Man Survive Ruptured Aorta

When Frank Englerth’s aorta began to rupture, the stabbing pain high in his back woke him in the middle of a cold February night. It was the beginning of what could have been the end for Englerth, 74, who lives on the Saline River deep in southeastern Arkansas, nearly a three-hour drive from Little Rock….


Not a Second to Spare

Ashley Machado drifted off to sleep in the back seat of her car as a friend drove it on icy Highway 70 east of North Little Rock the evening of Jan. 11, 2011. She awoke to screams, a crash – and then nothing. With broken bones and life-threatening internal injuries, there was not a second…



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