Posted May 22, 2023 by Dr. Madihah Hepburn, Medical Director, Neurocritical Care.
Strokes are very common, with one occurring every 40 seconds United States. A stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention – the longer symptoms are left untreated, the more damage a stroke can cause. Since fast care is necessary, knowing the signs and symptoms is essential so you can help someone get the care they need right away.
BE FAST and dial 911: Recognize the SUDDEN symptoms of a stroke.
A stroke is an abrupt interruption of blood flow to the brain that causes loss of neurological function. The interruption of blood flow can be caused by a blockage or bleeding in the brain.
A stroke is usually categorized as one of two types
The effects of a stroke, including the severity of those effects, depend on where in the brain it has occurred and the extent of the damage.
Since brain cells require a constant supply of oxygen to stay healthy and function properly, blood needs to be supplied continuously to the brain through two main arterial systems:
Blockage of blood flow to the brain for even a short period of time can be disastrous and cause permanent brain damage or even death. Therefore, quick medical attention is critical to the patient’s future.
Again, time is critical when treating a person suffering from a stroke. The sooner a person arrives at the emergency department (ED), the sooner treatment can begin to better their chances for recovery. When a patient arrives, the care team must act quickly. Using innovative technology, the patient receives advanced CT stroke imaging and other tests to locate any medical issues found in the brain, blood vessels and blood flow.
Medical management, including clot-busting drug therapies, is usually the first course of action, as long as arrival to the ED is within four and half hours of symptom onset. Minimally-invasive techniques, such as cerebral angiography, are then used to remove any clots that may be causing the stroke. Medical advancements in treating stroke have saved lives and restored stroke patients’ quality of life. Before these innovations, lives could have been lost or patients may have been severely disabled.
Award-Winning Stroke Care
In 2022, Summa Health System – Akron Campus was awarded the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, the highest level of certification that can be obtained. Summa Health can treat the most complex stroke cases effectively and efficiently. As the first health system between Columbus and Cleveland to have this certification, Summa Health is proud to provide the highest quality stroke care close to home.
Healthgrades also recognized Summa Health as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care for the fourth year in a row, a five-star recipient for the treatment of stroke for the sixth year in a row, and ranked second in Ohio for stroke care. Additionally, the Summa Health Neurosurgery team was ranked number one in Ohio for Cranial Neurosurgical care.
To learn more about Summa Health’s award-winning stroke care, visit summahealth.org/brain or call 330.375.7055.
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