Beau Biden, the Attorney General in Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, suffered a mild stroke Tuesday morning.
As part of their coverage, CBS3’s medical reporter, Stephanie Stahl, spoke with Thomas Mirsen, M.D., Director of the Stroke Program at Cooper University Hospital, for perspective and additional information about stroke symptoms, treatment and recovery.
“If it lasts for more than a few minutes, then you lose brain cells, the brain cells die,” said Dr. Thomas Mirsen, Director of the Stroke Program at Cooper University Hospital. “If it’s a blood clot within a blood vessel, you can give this drug called tpa to dissolve the clot. Or you can actually in some places you can go in through the blood vessels using catheters and try to remove the clot.”
Beau Biden is said to be awake, alert and communicating, which is a good sign to doctors.
“It means he’s not in acute danger of basically of death,” said Dr. Mirsen.