May is National Stroke Awareness Month
an observance that highlights the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke and encourages persons to act FAST if someone is having a stroke.
FAST=Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9–1–1)
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability.
In the United States, one person dies from stroke approximately every 4 minutes.
Stroke is preventable and largely treatable. Yet, a recent CDC report notes that the age-adjusted death rate for stroke slightly increased from 36.5 deaths per 100,000 persons in the United States in 2014 to 37.6 in 2015. Approximately 60% of persons who die from stroke are women, and women tend to have worse functional outcomes after experiencing a stroke. CDC urges everyone to learn the warning signs of stroke and take action to reduce their risk. Living a healthy lifestyle (e.g., being physically active, eating more fruits and vegetables and foods low in sodium and salt, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking) can reduce the chances of having a stroke. Properly managing certain medical conditions (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes) also can lower the risk.
Primary Stroke Center at Genesis
When you experience a stroke—a loss of blood and oxygen to the brain—rapid response improves your outcome. Genesis Health System’s Primary Stroke Center acts quickly to save your brain and partners with you on your road to recovery.
Quality Care from Onset to Rehabilitation
You’re assured of the best care at our Primary Stroke Center, certified by The Joint Commission for using research-based practices and meeting high national standards. That means you benefit from the latest technology and medications in the hands of our skilled medical professionals who respond promptly to your symptoms./
Follow-up care may include:
- Carefully monitored recovery in our specialized Acute Stroke Unit
- Participation in the accredited Genesis Regional Rehabilitation Program
Support for Your Recovery
It takes a comprehensive team to meet your medical, emotional and spiritual needs as you recover from a stroke. That’s why you’ll get care from a variety of experts, including neurologists, pharmacists, radiologists, registered nurses and chaplains. And you can rely on our neuroscience-certified stroke coordinator to organize all the arrangements while you’re with us.
As you continue your recovery after returning home, you may want to join a support group for people who’ve experienced a stroke and hear their stories, share this important part of your life, learn coping skills and make new friends.
Know the Warning Signs of Stroke
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Safety: We practice safety behaviors and error prevention techniques to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and co-workers.
Accountability: We accept individual and collective responsibility for everything we do.
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