Dr. Patrick Lyden is a highly respected neurologist who has conducted extensive research into cerebrovascular disease and potential treatments for stroke. He is Chair of the Department of Neurology and holds the Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology at Cedars-Sinai. Cedars-Sinai is one of the first five medical centers in the nation and the first in Los Angeles County to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Dr. Lyden has consistently been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has published more than 200 journal articles and abstracts, edited a textbook on stroke intervention, and made many presentations at national and international conferences. He helped lead a pivotal trial of the only proven treatment for stroke – the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA – and shared a prestigious “Cine” award with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for producing and directing a training video that is now used around the world. Dubbed into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Chinese, among other languages, the video has been viewed by more than 100,000 stoke nurses and physicians in North America alone.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Lyden about this growing population of stroke victims. He spoke about drugs, migraines and arterial dissection, the three causes leading to the occurrence of stroke in younger people. He also spoke of the 5 symptoms or warning signs of stroke and the training video he and his colleagues created. What follows is a video clip from our conversation.