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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Re-Designated as Primary Stroke Center
07/06/2011

BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has been re-designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

“We are proud of how every member of our team worked diligently to receive and maintain this prestigious designation,” said Texas Health HEB President Deborah Paganelli, FACHE. “Morning or evening, weekdays or weekends, patients with signs of a stroke can expect to receive the same leading-edge stroke intervention and care for which we are being recognized by The Joint Commission. Achieving and maintaining this designation is part of our plan as we work toward becoming a Level III trauma center.”

Every 45 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke. According to the American Heart Association stroke is the third largest cause of death, ranking behind heart disease and all forms of cancer.

Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells can begin to die if proper treatment isn’t taken. The person might experience sudden confusion or have a severe headache. They might have sudden numbness or weakness of the face, difficulty walking or trouble speaking. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke there are a few steps to follow in preventing further damage.

According to the National Stroke Association, individuals can check to see if a loved one is experiencing stroke-like symptoms using the pneumonic device of acting FAST:

  • Face. Ask the person to smile to see if there is muscle weakness in their face.
  • Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms to see if there is muscle weakness.
  • Speech. Ask the person to repeat a sentence and listen for slurred words or if they can finish the sentence.

Time. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Look at the clock and remember what time the symptoms started. Share the time symptoms start with a physician as that will impact treatment options.

“We have improved protocols in place for the use of TPA, an important medicine for immediate treatment of stroke,” said Dr. Husam Alkhersam, medical director and a neurologist on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB. “If stroke victims can be brought to an ER in a prompt fashion we can employ this highly effective therapy. Time is of the essence in saving the brain.”

Treatment options are impacted by the amount of time that has elapsed since symptoms began.

While some risk factors for stroke are beyond your control, like heredity, those resulting from lifestyle or environment can be modified with the help of a healthcare professional. The best way to lower the risk for stroke is to treat and manage related health problems. According to the American Heart Association, some manageable risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy diet high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium
  • Physical inactivity and obesity

For more information, visit stroke.org or americanheart.org.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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