Someone suffers a stroke in America every 45 seconds and every 3.1 minutes someone dies from a stroke.
Quick Facts about Stroke:
- Stroke is America's third leading killer.
- It is the #1 cause for nursing home admissions.
- Unfortunately, half of all stroke victims have no warning signs before a stroke occurs.
For the 750,000 Americans who experience stroke or other cerebrovascular events each year, immediate attention and individualized care are vital for maximum recovery. The Stroke Program at Medical Center of Lewisville features neurologists and nurse practitioners on call 24/7 for triage and immediate treatment of stroke patients. Our team of professionals takes a multi-disciplinary approach that's specifically tailored for each patient to maximize patient care and optimize their recovery. Our Stroke Program also offers support and education to the patients and their families.
Are You at Risk for Stroke?
There is no typical neurological patient. Each person will have unique symptoms or perhaps NO symptoms at all. Prevention and early detection are key factors in identifying and successfully treating neurological conditions. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Signs of a Stroke
Medical Center of Lewisville’s Emergency Services has successfully implemented a Code Stroke Protocol to ensure the rapid evaluation and treatment of patients. Aggressive quality efforts are performed to safely shorten door to treatment times that affords the best patient outcomes. Think F.A.S.T. if you see any of these stroke signs in a loved one and dial 9-1-1:
FACE - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Is the person confused? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME - It’s time to call 911 if the patient suddenly shows any of these symptoms, especially if they are accompanied by loss of vision, loss of balance with dizziness, or the worst headache imaginable.
Kinds of Strokes
There are different types of stroke including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel supplying the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot or other particle such as a piece of plaque. This leads to insufficient blood flow to the brain, lack of oxygen and ultimately permanent death of brain cells. There are various causes of stroke including atherosclerosis (narrowed vessels due to hardening of the artery), heart disease and blood clotting disorders. The risk factors for this type of stroke include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, atrial fibrillation, and obesity. It is important to perform tests to determine the cause of stroke and risk factors in each patient.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and blood spills into the brain and its surrounding structures. Hypertension is the most common reason for this type of stroke. Aneurysms and other vascular malformations may also cause hemorrhagic stroke. Patients with hemorrhagic stroke are often evaluated by neurosurgeons, though most patients do not require surgery.
The symptoms of stroke depend upon what part of the brain is affected. It is critical to recognize the signs of stroke and act fast since time is brain.
Texas Stroke Institute
As an HCA hospital in the North Texas Division, Medical Center of Lewisville is affiliated with the Texas Stroke Institute. The Texas Stroke Institute is a collaborative initiative that includes 11 hospitals. Our goal is to develop an effective and resource-efficient plan to reduce the morbidity, mortality and economic burden of stroke in the region. Incorporating medical education and participating in research will establish us as a National Center of Excellence in Stroke.