Primary Stroke Center Of Excellence
Stroke is a medical emergency.
If you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!
Every 40 seconds in the United States each year, someone suffers a stroke. Stroke is the forth-leading cause of death in the country, annually striking about 700,000 Americans. In Connecticut, stroke kills more than 1800 of our residents per year.
Recognizing this terrible cost, St. Vincent’s Medical Center focuses great effort on combating stroke and is pleased to have been the first hospital to receive the State of Connecticut’s designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the state’s Department of Health. To achieve this important recognition, a medical facility must have in place detailed protocols ensuring rapid stroke diagnosis and treatment. Further, it has to meet strict American Stroke Association practice standards and have the recommendations from The Brain Attack Coalition.
Experiencing a stroke means your thought processes and mobility are suddenly at stake. Quick reaction by you and those around you not only can save your life, it can save your independence. That’s why it is so important to know stroke’s signs, symptoms and risk factors and to feel confident in the medical response to stroke you can expect if you or a loved one becomes its target.
As a Primary Stroke Center of Excellence, St. Vincent’s provides a crack team of widely respected physicians, neurologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other skilled medical professionals whose coordinated actions begin at our state-of-the-art Emergency Department. With a window of only a few hours to achieve success, the stroke team focuses on one goal: stopping the progress of brain-cell destruction initiated by the sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain. Once this is achieved, intensive care follows in our ICU, where second-to-second monitoring and the highest level of compassionate care continue.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Vincent’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. Key measures reviewed include immediate use by the Stroke Center of effective medications and therapies as well as smoking-cessation.
Our goal at St. Vincent’s Primary Stroke Center is to decrease the number of strokes, to give both hope and assistance to those who have suffered stroke, and to help those in our community who been touched by stroke.
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