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Life-changing moments

Vascular emergencies can come out of nowhere. Stroke. Blood clots. Aneurysm. To reduce the damage caused by a vascular episode, our emergency team works overtime to prepare.

Our stroke and vascular physicians are available to answer your questions.

When minutes are critical

Every moment matters during a stroke. To minimize any brain damage you may experience, we act quickly to diagnose and treat the cause. From the moment you first engage our staff – whether it’s a paramedic or a member of our emergency department staff – we move into action to prevent further complications.

The risk is real.

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, according to the Center for Disease Control. The majority of strokes (87 percent) is caused by an artery blockage and reduced blood flow in the brain.

Stroke risk factors include smoking and poor diet. Read the full list of risk factors below to reduce your chances of experiencing a stroke.

Stroke risk factors are: 

  • Smoking
  • A diet high on trans and saturated fats
  • A diet low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber
  • Using illegal drugs, especially cocaine and amphetamines

Medical conditions that increase your risk of a stroke are: 

  • Being over 75 years of age
  • Family history of stroke
  • Past medical conditions like atrial fibrillation

Learn the symptoms and act F.A.S.T.

The likelihood of brain damage increases for every minute a brain cell is deprived of oxygen. During a stroke, recognizing the four key symptoms saves precious time and improves the recovery outcome. Using the F.A.S.T test is the most valuable way to quickly identify a stroke.

Face – Can you smile? If so, does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Can you raise both arms? If so, does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Can you repeat a short sentence? If so, do you slur your words? Can you repeat the sentence exactly?
Time – If you or a loved one is having trouble with these basic tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately.

She was able to recognize my symptoms when I was having a stroke, ultimately saving my life.

- Ren Nardoni, Stroke Survivor

Learn about the three stages of stroke treatment

Diagnosis

In those first few critical moments, you will be evaluated to prevent any further damage from a stroke. A further review of your symptoms is conducted upon arrival at the hospital. Our staff will perform tests including a neurological exam, blood and urine tests, and imaging scans.

Treatment

The results of your evaluation and tests will guide our doctors to determine the best treatment solution. You might receive a tissue plasminogen activator or tPA, a medication that will break down any blood clots. The doctors will go over your options with you or a family member if you are not in a state of mind to make your own medical decisions.

Recovery & Rehabilitation

The chance that you’ll make a full recovery is never certain, especially with a stroke. While we hope that you achieve a full recovery, our team is here for you in case rehabilitation is required. Together we will develop a plan designed to help your or a loved one regain the ability to speak, walk and return to an active lifestyle.  

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