It's easy to take for granted the most basic human skills until
they are compromised.
Think of the host of skills and abilities you've fine-tuned over
your lifetime: walking, eating, writing, typing, speaking,
reading. These are things we do every day with minimal effort -
they feel like second nature.
And yet in an instant, they can disappear. That's what happens
when you have a stroke: the mind and body you've trained over the
course of a lifetime suddenly don't respond the way they should.
This change occurs because blood flow to an area of the brain is
disrupted by a blood clot blocking an artery or by a blood vessel
that has burst.
Suddenly you're confused. Your vision is foggy. Your face and
arms are drooping. You want to yell for help, but the words don't
come out right.
When these common signals of stroke appear, time is critical. It
is imperative to call 911 and get to the hospital, because the
most effective treatments for 80 percent of strokes must be
administered within a few hours of the onset of symptoms.
If you have survived a stroke, you're not alone. More than six
million people in the U.S. today have survived a stroke - and
two-thirds of them are disabled.
Stoke is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the
leading cause of serious long-term disability.
But there is hope. Here, we can help you or your loved one with
what comes next. Texas Health hospitals offer inpatient and
rehabilitation services to help patients strengthen, heal and
restore functional ability at home, in the community and at work.
We can also help you find the doctor who's right for you and
provide information that can help you prevent a future stroke by
making some lifestyle changes like quitting smoking.
Pursuit of Excellence
Texas Health hospitals are committed to providing high-quality,
evidence-based care to patients suffering from strokes. Several
of our hospitals are stroke centers accredited by The Joint
Commission, the country's top nonprofit agency for hospital
accreditations. Certification as a stroke center allows hospitals
like Texas Health Dallas to participate in the Dallas Area Stroke
Network, which sends stroke patients to hospitals that have met
the commission's high standards for stroke care.
To earn this disease-specific certification in stroke, hospitals
must pass the initial site survey and submit specific quality
measures to The Joint Commission on a regular basis. A repeat
on-site review is required every two years. The distinction
recognizes the level of care provided to stroke patients at the
hospital and the program's commitment to quality improvement. The
Joint Commission's review also looks at the level of stroke
education provided to clinical staff who potentially care for
stroke patients. It also reviews physician education records and
conducts both patient and staff interviews.
The certification is a reflection of Texas Health's commitment to
having a robust neuroscience program aimed at treating
neurological diseases and conditions that afflict people in North
Texas and throughout the region.
Texas Health is committed to providing quality care to heart
and vascular patients throughout North Texas and beyond. While
various technologies and services are discussed here, not all of
our hospitals offer every accreditation and every treatment and
diagnostic technology highlighted. Call 1-877-THR-WELL to learn
more about heart and vascular services at the Texas Health
hospital in your area.