Stroke Prevention and Treatment
Stroke is a medical emergency. If you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!
- Knowing what the level of your risk for stroke is can be your first defense against becoming a stroke victim.
- Controlling those risk factors that you can control, such as smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol level, weight and diet, is the best strategy with which to fight stroke.
- Immediate medical response to stroke is, of course, the best “treatment
- Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is the only currently approved FDA treatment drug for stroke available today, and is used to treat acute ischemic stroke. This is a clot dissolving drug that can diminish stroke symptoms. However, tPA MUST be given within a few hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.
St. Vincent’s was named Gold Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association guidelines program, which uses key measures for 24 months to make its determination. These 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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To speak with a St. Vincent's Care Line representative, call (877) 255-7847
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