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Baylor Scott & White – Garland is a Joint Commission-designated primary stroke center, which means we demonstrate the ability to provide the complete continuum of care improving outcomes for people who suffer strokes.
We have in place for the emergency department to quickly evaluate stroke victims for treatment options, which may include the use of drug therapy for dissolving clots. Drug therapy within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms can significantly reduce the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
A stroke is a condition that occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or when a blood vessel ruptures, interrupting blood flow to the brain. This leads to destruction (infarction) of brain cells within minutes in the immediate area of compromised blood flow. When brain cells die, normal bodily functions controlled by the dying brain are lost.
A chemical reaction occurs that also endangers cells in the surrounding area where blood flow is limited, but not completely stopped. These cascading events occur rapidly, creating a limited amount of time for effective treatment. Therefore, it is critical for stroke victims to obtain emergency room treatments aimed at re-establishing blood flow and reducing the amount of damage from stroke. During a stroke, every second counts in minimizing the amount of brain function that can be lost.
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