When it comes to stroke, seconds matters. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Because brain cells immediately begin to die when deprived of oxygen and nutrients, restoring blood flow as quickly as possible is essential. Early treatment can mean the difference between life, death and permanent disability.
There are two kinds of stroke. The most common, ischemic, occurs when a blood clot forms and clogs a blood vessel in the brain. The other, hemorrhagic, occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain.
Stroke can strike anyone, but is most common in people over age 55. African Americans and anyone with a history of stroke are also at higher risk. Other risk factors include:
Some of these risk factors, like your race or family, are out of your control. But many others are controllable with lifestyle changes and medication. In fact, 80 percent of strokes could be prevented, according to the National Stroke Association. Learn more about how you can reduce your risk for stroke.
Because successful treatment depends on fast treatment, it’s important to know and recognize the signs of stroke, and then seek emergency care. Common signs of stroke include:
If you or someone you love is experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 or seek immediate medical treatment at Mercy’s Emergency Center.
Mercy offers the latest, most advanced treatment in a highly specialized environment. Our multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to stroke care ensures that patients receive the right intervention at the right time, and all care is delivered by experienced experts in a compassionate and personalized setting.
Rehabilitation and Follow-up Care
If you or someone you love is experiencing signs of a stroke, you want to be treated in a place that can offer sophisticated care as quickly as possible. Certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the Mercy Stroke Center offers an advanced treatment protocol that provides fast and accurate diagnosis and treatment of stroke.