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Neurosciences

Stroke

Joint Commission Stroke Center Certification

Saint Thomas Health has three Joint Commissioned centers: Saint Thomas West Hospital is a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital & Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital are both certified Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations.

When a stroke occurs, the Saint Thomas Health team is ready with expert care 24/7. Immediate, individualized care is the key to maximum recovery.

If you think you are having a stroke, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 


Take a Stroke Assessment

 

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History of High Blood Pressure (SYSTOLIC / DIASTOLIC)
 
History of Diabetes?
 
History of Cigarette Smoking?
 
Family History of Cardiovascular Disease
 
History of Atrial Fibrillation (Atrial Fibrillation is a specific type of rapid irregular heartbeat.)?
 
Physical Activity
 
 

 

What is a Stroke?

Stroke is a type of cerebrovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked or ruptures. When that happens, the parts of the brain that are deprived of oxygen can become permanently damaged.

There are two types:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke
    • A brain aneurysm bursts or a weakened blood vessel leaks
  • Ischemic stroke
    • A blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
    • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) (mini-stroke) is a temporary blockage without long term effects. This can be a warning sign and is an emergency for which you should seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, or slurred speech
  • Sudden vision loss or double vision
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Risk Factors

We are dedicated to helping you take the eraliest possible steps to keep you healthy. Here are the major risk factors for stroke:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Tobacco Use
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol Use
  • Inactive Lifestyle
  • Cholesterol
  • Atrial Fibrillation

Your Responsibility in Stroke Prevention & Treatment

Stroke Prevention Steps
  • Call 911 and get to the nearest stroke center
  • Take all meds as directed
  • Establish and follow up with a Primary Care Provider
  • Exercise daily
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Do not use Tobacco - https://smokefree.gov

Joint Commission Stroke Center Certification

Saint Thomas West Hospital is a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital & Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital are both certified Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations.