Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford named Primary Stroke Center|
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:
“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:
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