Senior Connections SeniorConnections July/Aug 2019

Note to our readers: July/August 2019 VOLUME 1 | NO. 12 Senior Connections HJ.COM This is a combined July/ August issue, and we’ll be back to our regular monthly cycle in September. Independence woman undergoes innovative aneurysm procedure GABE LICHT Editor “You go inside the aneurysm and fi ll it with soft coils to pre- vent it from rupturing,” Kayan said. “The problem is, if you’re doing this with an aneurysm with a wide neck or at a branch point with two arteries coming off it, the coils can come off, plug up the branch, and cause a stroke.” That was the concern with Skoog-Edholm’s aneurysm, as it was both wide-necked, and at a branch point. For that reason, Kayan opted to wait for the FDA to approve the WEB device. That occurred in January, and Skoog-Edholm un- derwent the procedure in Febru- ary. In the meantime, Kayan treated a smaller aneurysm that Skoog- Edholm had by utilizing the coil embolization. Living with an aneurysm was an unnerving experience, partly because of Skoog-Edholm’s fam- ily history. “My grandma, aunt, and cous- ins all passed away from rup- tured aneurysms,” she said. “ . . . It was scary. You get depressed. Nancy Skoog-Edholm underwent an innovative procedure to treat an an- I’ve always been so active. I felt so eurysm. SUBMITTED PHOTO weak.” A headache may have saved an Independence woman’s life. “It felt like someone was squeezing a belt around my head,” Nancy Skoog-Edholm said. “My blood pressure was off the charts. My sister took me to Ridgeview. They did a CT scan. They were able to see an aneurysm.” Meningitis was causing the headache that Sep- tember day, but the discovery of the aneurysm was more dier. It led to Skoog-Edholm being one of the fi rst people in the country to receive the Woven Endo- Bridge, or WEB, and the fi rst person to undergo the procedure at Abbott Hospital. Dr. Yasha Kayan performed the procedure. Kayan explained that an aneurysm is a weak spot in the artery that can balloon outwards, and it’s more common than most people think. “Probably 5 percent of the population has a brain aneurysm,” Kayan said. “Most don’t rup- ture. There are some that are at a higher risk of rupturing.” Based on that risk, doctors determine the most appropriate treatment. One is surgical clipping, where a surgeon blocks blood fl ow to the aneurysm by applying a small metal clip to its base. That method requires the opening of the skull to access the brain and blood vessels. “Now, we can treat them noninvasively from in- side the vessels,” Kayan said. The traditional treatment for a brain aneurysm is with coiling. More ANEURYSM on Pg 3 Senior Connections is distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfi eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted