Baylor Health Care SystemAbout B

Serving all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research.

Emergency Care

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine

Need something? Call us: 1.800.4BAYLOR(1.800.422.9567)
Text Size

Stroke Care 

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine Designated as a Primary Stroke Center

The first three hours after a stroke are critical for treatment and now area residents have access to quality stroke care close to home.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine is certified as a primary stroke center which means we demonstrate the ability to provide the complete continuum of care improving outcomes for people who suffer strokes. Procedures are set 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.

One of the driving forces for a primary stroke center is to be proactive and teach the community about stroke prevention and treatment. Our team will work with the EMS to expedite care in the field that will help improve a stroke victim’s chance of recovery.

What is a Stroke?

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.  

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.

Every second counts in minimizing the loss of brain function due to stroke.

Warning Signs 

Know the symptoms to act quickly

If you notice one or more of these signs, don’t wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or get to the hospital right away!

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Risk Factors

Some risk factors are unavoidable, such as being male, having diabetes, being over 55, having a family history of stroke, or being African American. Other risk factors can be avoided and controlled including:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Circulation problems
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Types of Stroke

  • Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs)
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Thrombotic Stroke
  • Embolic Stroke
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Aneurysms and AVMs

Source: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

For more information about emergency services at Baylor Scott & White  – Grapevine or for a referral to a physician on the medical staff, please  call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search online.