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.
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?
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.
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:
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:
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