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Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford named Primary Stroke Center
08/04/2009

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

“Every member of our team has worked diligently to receive this prestigious designation,” said hospital 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.”

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 James Barry, M.D. 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 284-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 care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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