We have a long history of focusing on care for stroke patients long before they ever enter the hospital. Through community education programs and screenings, we work to promote healthy lifestyle changes and educate people about prevention. We opened our first stoke unit in 2001 at St. Agnes Hospital and achieved our original accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center eight years later by The Joint Commission.
As a Primary Stroke Center, we can provide emergency care by an experienced team of stroke experts to patients who may have suffered a stroke. The primary stroke center designation helps educate the community that a stroke is a medical emergency, and that individuals need to call 911 immediately upon experiencing signs and symptoms of stroke.
Our primary stroke center team is able to rapidly care for patients who may have suffered a stroke and provide early interventions, such as the clot-busting drug tPA, which can help limit the stroke’s effect and enhance recovery.
As a Primary Stroke Center, we follow recommended national guidelines that allow for a more streamlined approach to caring for stroke patients.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Stroke?
The following are the most common symptoms of stroke. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 (or your local ambulance service) immediately. Treatment is most effective when started immediately.
Symptoms may be sudden and include:
- Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding
- Problems with vision such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination
- Problems with movement or walking
- Severe headaches with no other known cause
All of the above warning signs may not occur with each stroke. Do not ignore any of the warning signs, even if they go away--take action immediately. The symptoms of stroke may resemble other medical conditions or problems.