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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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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