1. Spurkland Girls 5K 2014

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    Lydia Blanchet, Molly Gellert and Emma Tarbath honor Lars Spurkland by winning the Women's 5K skate race in his name at Service High 12/13/14.

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    • Breaking Down the Facts on Brain Aneurysm

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      A brain aneurysm is rarely on anyone’s mind. But it’s estimated 5 million Americans are harboring a secret that could burst with little warning. “Aneurysms are probably more common than you think. We find them in patients who may come in after a trauma or had a head CT or MRI scan or unrelated symptoms,” says Dr. Greg Velat, who is a neurosurgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. A ballooning blood vessel, aneurysms develop in a weak spot. Their development is linked to blood pressure. “What happens is as the blood pressure pounds on the blood vessel it can expand. Think of a balloon- as a blood expands the skin of the balloon thins. So when that happens to a blood vessel, as the skin thins it can rupture,” says Dr. Gary Correnti, who is a neurosurgeon on the medical staff of Lee Memorial Health System. Results are often catastrophic. If an aneurysm bursts, it causes a bleeding or hemorrhagic stroke that typically results in brain damage or death. “When we’re talking specifically brain aneurisms, our biggest concern is hemorrhage. Forty percent of people who have a brain aneurysm die before they get to the hospital,” says Dr. Correnti. Brain aneurysms are more common in adults than in children and more common in women than in men. A number of factors can contribute to weakness in an artery wall and increase the risk of forming a brain aneurysm. “High blood pressure is one of the risk factors for developing an aneurism as well as smoking. There is a little propensity of family history. So people who have a direct first descendant or first generation relative with an aneurism, often can get screened,” says Dr. Correnti. The majority of brain aneurysms never present a problem. “There’s a psychological impact to having an aneurism in the brain but in some cases if it’s a small aneurysm and it appears regular it may be fine just to watch it and get a scan in a year,” says Dr. Velat. A large aneurysm or one in delicate location may be clipped or coiled to prevent a rupture and take the pressure off a worried mind. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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      • Quick Fix for Aneurysm

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        Having a brain aneurysm can be like having a ticking time bomb inside your head. The danger is that it may unexpectedly burst. Causing cataclysmic injury or death. “If you look at the data across the board, anywhere from 25-40% of patient will not survive an aneurysm rupture; many of those patients may not even make it to the hospital,” says Dr. Greg Velat, neurosurgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. Of those who do make it, 50% will have permanent, long-term neurological damage. It reinforces the importance of repairing an aneurysm so it doesn’t rupture again. The newest way to do it is a procedure called ‘coiling’. “The newer innovation involves putting coils in the aneurysm. And that's performed through a serious of catheters that are accessed thru the groin artery and then navigated into the aneurysm sack where the coils are then deployed. And that allows the aneurysm to clot off from the inside,” says Dr. Velat. The coil is made of platinum; it looks like a tiny spring you might find inside a pen. “You can see it’s very soft and pliable and it kind of has a preconfigured shape so as you deploy it, it kind of takes on these bends and turns,” says Dr. Velat. Platelets stick to the metal and essentially fill the space, stopping blood flow to the aneurysm – 60 to 70% of aneurysms are now treated this way. Which is a dramatic reversal of a trend we saw maybe 10 years ago where mostly aneurisms were clipped. The coiling technique is faster and less invasive than entering the skull surgically, which may improve long-term outcomes. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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        • A Christmas Gift- Aneurysm Plus 15

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          Fifteen years is almost a lifetime ago. Amy Ofenbeck was only 26 when she suffered a devastating aneurysm burst. In the years since she’s undergone eight brain surgeries. Now 43, Ofenbeck is proof that a survivor never quits. “Absolutely, you just always have to look forward, that’s what I found out. That’s what I try and do. I can’t look back and think what could have been or what would have been,” says Ofenbeck. Ofenbeck was a successful TV news anchor, which is why she seemed familiar to many in Southwest Florida. When she shared her recovery with us last spring, people listened. “A lot of people said ‘boy I didn't know you’d been through all of that’ which kind of surprised me,” says Ofenbeck. Life looks differently now, and so does Ofenbeck. She’s worked hard to get her life and health in shape. “I’ve lost 23 pounds I think, so that’s good. I’m working out as much as I can which is maybe four or five times a week,” says Ofenbeck. An aneurysm is an out-pouching or ballooning of a blood vessel. As it expands, the skin thins and in rare occasions it bursts. When it happens in the brain, the result is catastrophic. “When we’re talking specifically brain aneurysms, our biggest concern is hemorrhage. Forty percent of people who have a brain aneurism die before they get to the hospital,” says Dr. Gary Correnti, neurosurgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Her body damaged, Ofenbeck’s spirit took over, pushing her through therapy. “There’s an enormous difference between somebody that will work at home and do what needs to be done, opposed to somebody who comes into therapy two or three times a week, works for 45 minutes goes home sits in a chair and does absolutely nothing,” says Abe Abarbanel, neurodevelopment therapist with Lee Memorial Health System. The years of hard work are paying off- with strength comes confidence and now a turning point for Ofenbeck. This Christmas, it’s not what she’s getting, but what she’s giving away. The safety net she’s clung to for years. Her cane. “Yeah, I’m ready to say goodbye to it. I’m hoping to put a bow on it and give it to my husband for Christmas,” says Ofenbeck. A gift more than a dozen years in the making. And proof that healing never ends. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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          • The Basics of Brain Aneurysms

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            It’s estimated 6 million Americans have a hidden secret- their brain is harboring an aneurysm, a weakened blood vessel that could burst with little warning. Chances are most people know very little about them. “The risk of having this dilated blood vessel is that it could potentially rupture and cause blood to spill out around the brain. And that’s when the patient presents with the worst headache of their life,” says Dr. Greg Velat, neurosurgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. Here’s the basics on brain aneurysm. First, they can be detected even if they haven’t burst. “Aneurysms are probably more common than you think. We find them in patients who may come in after a trauma or had a head CT or MRI scan or unrelated symptoms,” says Dr. Velat. Secondly, most aneurysms never cause a problem. “There’s a psychological impact to having an aneurism in the brain but in some cases if it’s a small aneurysm and it appears regular it may be fine just to watch it and get a scan in a year,” says Dr. Velat. Treatments for an aneurysm have come a long way in the last decade. Burst blood vessels need to be contained and so do ones that doctors feel are likely to bleed. The choice: to clip or coil. The third brain basic, what’s the difference in treatment? “Upwards of 60-70% of aneurysms treated today are coiled which is a dramatic reversal of a trend we saw maybe 10 years ago where mostly aneurisms were clipped. Clipping is where a craniotomy is performed and a clip is placed along the neck of the aneurysm to keep it from bleeding again. The newer innovation involves putting coils in the aneurysm. And that's performed through a serious of catheters that are accessed through the groin artery and then navigated into the aneurysm sack where the coils are then deployed. And that allows the aneurysm to clot off from the inside,” says Dr. Velat. And finally, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t let them weigh on your brain- consult a doctor. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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            • Fixing Aneurysms Without Surgery

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              “Aneurysms are probably more common then you think. We find them in patients who may come in after a trauma or a head CT or MRI scan or unrelated symptoms,” says Dr. Greg Velat, neurosurgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. If you learned a blood vessel in your brain was blowing up like a balloon, what would you do? “The real question is, once you discover an aneurysm how do you manage it? And a lot of that gets back to where the aneurysm is located, the size of the aneurysm and its morphology- how it appears,” says Dr. Velat. “You can see she has a very sizable aneurysm rising from her carotid artery,” says Dr. Velat. Some aneurysms will never cause a problem, but they all merit surveillance and some may benefit from proactive surgery. “If it’s something that looks a little more ominous or larger in size, the thought process being larger aneurysms being more likely to rupture,” says Dr. Velat. As many as half the people who experience a burst aneurysm don’t make it to the hospital. Today doctors have a specialized surgery that can go into the brain and fix the aneurysm, without surgery. Called ‘coiling’ surgeons thread a catheter through an artery and place a platinum coil inside the bloated blood vessel. “You can see it’s very soft and pliable and it kind of has a preconfigured shape so as you deploy it kind of takes on these bends and turns and that’s just sort of the characteristic property of the coil,” says Dr. Velat. The coil creates an internal structure that collects the blood. “The platelets love to stick to the platinum and essentially clots the aneurysm,” says Dr. Velat. This technology allows surgeons to treat high-risk aneurysms in a less invasive manner. But is something you should discuss with your specialist. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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              • Endovascular Coiling for Brain Aneurysm

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                Having a brain aneurysm has been compared to a ticking time bomb inside your head. Half the people who experience a ruptured aneurysm die before getting to the hospital. “An aneurysm is a weak spot and out pouching on a blood vessel. Think of a balloon- as blood expands, the skin of the balloon thins so when that happens to a blood vessel, as the skin thins it can rupture,” says Dr. Gary Correnti, neurosurgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. About one in 50 Americans has a brain aneurysm and don’t know it; for most it will never present a problem. “Nowadays we have a way to screen for those aneurisms and that’s with an MRA or Magnetic Resonance Angiogram or MRI that looks specifically at the blood vessels so that’s one way we can screen and sometimes find them before they rupture,” says Dr. Correnti. If a brain aneurysm needs treatment, either to prevent it from rupturing or to stop a brain bleed, surgeons are now able to do it without major surgery. “In the old days, we used to do surgery or a craniotomy. Where we take off the skull, lift the brain and literally put a clip at the base of the aneurism where the blood gets in,” says Dr. Correnti. “But the newer innovation involves putting coils in the aneurysm and that's performed through a serious of catheters that are accessed through the groin artery and then navigated into the aneurysm,” says Dr. Greg Velat, neurosurgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. Called endovascular coiling, it’s performed inside the artery. “The coils are then deployed and that allows the aneurysm to clot off from the inside,” says Dr. Velat. Most aneurysms rupture without warning. But less invasive techniques to both treat or prevent a brain bleed, may give patients peace of mind. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                • Arteriovenous Malformation

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                  Learn more about Arteriovenous Malformation at http://avmalformation.org Program: Photoshop CS6 Music: Kenner Miner

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                  • Baby Steps- Aneurysm Recovery

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                    “This blue line became my friend,” says Amy Ofenbeck.. Towing the line was something Amy Ofenbeck came to expect as part of her physical therapy. You said the minute you got here, they’d take the cane away from you? “Yeah the minute I get here Abe would just take the cane away from me and he’d be like ok here you go. And you had to do it,” says Ofenbeck. Navigating bumps in the road was only one of the obstacles she worked to overcome. “It’s been a really interesting road to say the least. I’ve had eight brain surgeries in the past 15 years, stemming from a ruptured brain aneurysm,” says Ofenbeck. Patients with a brain injury, including aneurysm and stroke, benefit from a different approach to rehab. Compared to someone recovering from a muscular injury, their problems are all in their head. “You’re trying to approach it more from a functional standpoint. In the NDT- neuro development training that I do, you try to create movement that was there before,” says Abe Abarbanel, neurodevelopment therapist with Lee Memorial Health System. “After I had my decompression surgery I was barely moving. I met with Abe and I knew he was the guy. And it took me six months to be able to walk without the walker. I was just there three times a week for six months working with him,” says Ofenbeck. Balance, control and strength must work together if patients are going to move forward. Therapy isn’t a matter of progressing through incremental hurdles, but relearning everyday activities. “In Amy’s situation it was walking. So we go back to her functional walking. Walking on different surfaces, walking with different challenges and as natural as possible,” says Abarbanel. Which brings us back to where we started. That blue line. “She walks with a wide base of support, her feet are far apart. The blue line that we have is about a foot wide and we try to get to walk inside the blue line and once she’s capable of doing that I want her to walk on the blue and the green line which is kind of a tight rope walk and that challenges her,” says Abarbanel. One of the many challenges Ofenbeck faces, everyday. “I have my bad days like anybody does. But the next day is a brand new day,” says Ofenbeck. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                    • Printing with lino

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                      Printing with a lino cut out of a brain aneurysm pattern. Music | Looped from Hot Chip - The Warning

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