The First 48 Hours Can Make a Difference
A stroke is a catastrophic event for patients and their families. Without swift and advanced care, the initial damage to the brain can set off a cascade of related complications – elevated intracranial pressure, seizures, fever – that amplify the brain's injury and lessen the patient's chance of a full recovery. Getting the best available care within the first 48 hours of a stroke can halt this cascade and is critical to making the best possible recovery.
Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain cells to begin dying from lack of oxygenated blood. About 780,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year. Every 40 seconds someone will have a stroke. Every three to four minutes, someone dies from a stroke.
Common Symptoms of Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
For more stroke related information, visit the National Stroke Association website: www.stroke.org
You can also download our Be Stroke Smart brochure by clicking here >
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms!
Note the time you experienced your first symptom. This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.
North Shore's Primary Stroke Care Center combines the resources of many medical specialties and resources to quickly evaluate and treat patients with complex medical needs.
- Stroke Team: Includes Emergency Department physicians, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Interventional Radiologists and Radiologists who specialize in the care of strokes. The team is available round-the-clock to respond when a patient with stroke symptoms comes to the hospital.
- t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) treatment: The clot-dissolving drug that is the FDA-approved therapy of choice for stroke. To be effective, t-PA must be given within four and a half hours of the onset of symptoms.
- Surgical Treatment for Hemorrhagic Stroke: Patients with larger brain hemorrhages may need to undergo surgery to relieve pressure within the skull caused by bleeding. If the hemorrhagic stroke resulted from a weakened area in a blood vessel wall (an aneurysm) or defective blood vessel, neurosurgeons can repair these areas to prevent further strokes.
Commitment to Quality
At North Shore Medical Center, we are committed to delivering the highest quality care possible to each of our patients. We strive to help patients achieve better outcomes, quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays and ultimately, better health. As a result of our efforts, North Shore Medical Center has received numerous prestigious awards and accolades from trusted organizations including Healthgrades, The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. Click here to view our Quality Awards page>
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