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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Certified as Primary Stroke Center|
PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
“Employees and physicians on the medical staff have worked tirelessly together to create a stroke program that offers leading-edge stroke intervention for our patients,” said Mike Evans, B.S.N., M.S.N, hospital president. “To achieve our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve we work diligently to implement evidence-based practices. Certification as Primary Stroke Center is a recognition that we have achieved a level of capability and service that can make a significant difference in outcomes for stroke patients.”
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth largest cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
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:
“We have improved protocols in place for the use of tPA, an important medicine for immediate treatment of stroke,” said Dr. Shari Rosen-Schmidt, medical director and a neurologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano. “If stroke victims can be brought to an ER in a prompt fashion we can employ this 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, manageable risk factors include:
For more information, visit stroke.org or americanheart.org. For more information on the hospital, visit TexasHealth.org/PlanoStroke.
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