Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Certified as Primary Stroke Center
07/09/2012

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

Texas Health Plano stroke team
Texas Health Plano stroke team members include (from left) Nicole Hodges, Dr. Shari Rosen-Schmidt, Amanda Bloom and Ashley Farland.

“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:

  • 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. 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:

  • 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. For more information on the hospital, visit TexasHealth.org/PlanoStroke.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

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.