Her “migraine” turned out to be an AVM

Chantal Poole’s story: “It could have been fatal”

Chantal and daughter side by side

After a diagnosis of AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, Chantal Poole underwent urgent surgeries. Today, she is working and living life to the fullest as a mother to her five-year-old daughter.

An AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, is not something 18-year-olds usually worry about. But one day Chantal Poole, who had suffered from migraines since she was 13, had what she thought was the worst migraine of her life. It turned out to be a brain AVM that had caused a bleeding in her brain.

An AVM is a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels that have a higher rate of bleeding than normal vessels. AVMs can occur anywhere in the body.

“That day at work I had a totally different pain,” Chantal says, “It was so bad that I lost vision in my right eye and I became weak. When I got off from work I had to sit in the lobby until my mother came and got me. I couldn’t drive because I couldn’t see.”   Continue reading

Stroke treatment options

Time is critical: Get help quickly

Stroke 320x320Approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. On average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and disability in the world.

A stroke-related death occurs every 4 minutes within the United States. Stroke encompasses not only patients that have blockages of their brain arteries but also those patients who have bleeding within the brain. Because of the destructive nature of stroke, it is important to take advantage of effective stroke treatment options by getting to an emergency room as quickly as possible.

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