Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is dedicated to
providing services for a broad continuum of care for stroke
victims. Early treatment of stroke and use of clot-busting
medications such as t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) within
the first hours of the onset of symptoms can greatly affect the
outcome, according to the National Stroke
Association. Physicians on the medical staff can administer
t-PA for care of stroke.
An interdisciplinary team of
health care professionals organizes and delivers care to stroke
patients. The team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons,
neuroradiologists, internal medicine specialists, rehabilitation
specialists, and emergency medicine physicians on the medical
staff, as well as nurses, pharmacists, radiology and laboratory
representatives, technicians and therapy services.
The National Stroke Association
states that nearly all stroke survivors can benefit from an
appropriately structured and comprehensive rehabilitation
program. At Texas Health Plano, the goal of stroke
rehabilitation is to maximize overall independence in self-care
skills and functional mobility. Patients begin rehabilitation
early in their treatment as directed by their physicians. The
Stroke Program also includes access to education and prevention
programs as well as stroke survivors support groups.
Risk factors include:
- High cholesterol
- Atrial fibrillation
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Excessive drinking
- Illegal drug use
Signs and symptoms include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially
on one side of the body
- Sudden trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden unexplained trouble walking, dizziness, loss of
balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the
Arm and leg weakness
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is there leg weakness?
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words
slurred? Can he or she repeat a sentence correctly?
Time is critical
If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 and make
note of the time of symptom onset if known.
For more information, call 972-981-3185.