Stroke is a significant cause of death and long-term disability in the United States. According to the ASA, roughly 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer, and is the leading cause of long-term disability in this country. Click here for common signs.
Treatment during the first three hours of stroke onset is critical to halt its effects on the body.
Atlantic General Hospital has a stroke team, composed of physicians and nursing staff specially trained in stroke care, and integrated stroke protocols in its emergency department with the hospital’s diagnostic and inpatient clinical services to streamline treatment of stroke.
Too often, stroke victims ignore or are unaware of the significance of their symptoms and don’t seek the care they need. Please educate yourself on the warning signs and seek treatment immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of stroke.
Common signs of stroke
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
! If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Too many wait as long as one or two days after an attack to seek medical attention. By this time, even the latest advances in stroke care cannot reverse the damage.
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Atlantic General Hospital’s Stroke Center received official designation from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) as a Primary Stroke Center in 2007. This designation means that Atlantic General has met the requirements put forth by the American Stroke Association (ASA), MIEMSS and the Joint Commission to optimize the quality of care to stroke patients.
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Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award
Atlantic General’s stroke center was recently awarded the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
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