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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Re-Designated as Primary Stroke Center|
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:
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:
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