Stroke Care

ACMH is home to the area’s only certified primary stroke center

The Certified Primary Stroke Center at ACMH provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to stroke patients and their families. Treatment begins when a patient or family member calls 911. The highly-skilled stroke team at ACMH is mobilized as updates from the first responders are called in. ACMH utilizes telemedicine communication capabilities to access stroke specialists and administer life saving treatments.

Know the Signs and Symptoms

What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without a blood supply and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can’t work properly. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Brain damage can begin within minutes, so it is important to know the signs and symptoms of stroke and act FAST (call 911). Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery.

What are the warning signs of stroke?

  • One-sided weakness or numbness in face,  arm or leg
  • Sudden confusion or garbled speech
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Difficulty with balance or coordination

How is stroke treated?
Someone suffering a stroke needs immediate treatment to dissolve a clot or to stop bleeding in the brain. The best way to get this care is through rapid transport to the nearest certified Stroke Center. Stroke centers such as the ACMH Primary Stroke Center offer 24/7 multidisciplinary care. This includes emergency medicine, laboratory, radiology, neurology consult and, if needed, continues through inpatient care and rehabilitation services. With state-of-the-art telemedicine video consulting, patients at the ACMH Primary Stroke Center have 24/7 access to the optimal stroke care.

Risk Factors & Prevention

What are the risk factors for stroke?
Research has identified the following as risk factors for stroke: Diabetes, obesity, smoking, obstructive sleep apnea, sedentary lifestyle, heredity, high blood pressure, heart disease, gout, drug abuse, atrial fibrillation, and a poor diet which is high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Knowing your risk factors and talking to your physician about these risks is a step you need to take.

What can I do to prevent a stroke?
According to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. The following activities may help prevent a stroke:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Control your weight
  • Maintain regular check-ups with your physician
  • Control your blood sugar
  • Improve your cholesterol levels
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Protect your heart
  • Take medication(s) as prescribed

Don't Delay

What should you do if you or someone you know is having stroke symptoms?
Stroke symptoms constitute an emergency. Remember to think FAST…
Are there signs of:

  • “F” Face Drooping (Ask the person to smile)
  • “A” Arm Weakness (Ask the person to raise both arms)
  • “S” Speech Difficulty (Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence)
  • “T” Time to call 911 (If the person demonstrates any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away. Also make note of the Time when the person was last “normal”)

Act Fast - Call 911
It is better to call 911 than to drive yourself to the hospital because emergency care begins as soon as help arrives.

For additional information
ACMH Certified Primary Stroke Program: 724-543-8216
Stroke Support Group: 724-543-8453

Contact

For more information on the stroke program at ACMH, call 724-543-8216

 

Stroke Support Group
A community resource for stroke survivors, family and friends. Register at 724-543-8453.

STROKE REHAB

A stroke diagnosis can be life altering for the patient and for the patient’s family/caregivers. At ACMH, we strive to help our patients in achieving maximal functional recovery. 

Call 724-543-8145 for more information.