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Every Minute Counts When You Have a Stroke

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At Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, you can count on the fastest, most efficient and effective stroke care available in Reno County and the surrounding Central Kansas region.

Our stroke telemedicine program uses a mobile ‘robot’ that immediately brings an experienced neurologist to the bedside of patients. Within minutes, the local physician and patient can communicate with the neurologist who can view the patient’s symptoms. Medical data, including imaging scans, can also be transmitted, allowing the local physician and neurologist to develop a treatment plan.

When it comes to stroke treatment, time lost is brain lost. Every minute counts.

Acting F.A.S.T. Is Key for Stroke

Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following:

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

Stroke Symptoms

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

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information helps health care providers determine the best treatment for each person. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

Quick Treatment Is Critical for Stroke

A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires emergency care. Act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 right away if you or someone you are with shows any signs of a stroke. Time lost is brain lost. Every minute counts.

Treating a Stroke

At the hospital, health professionals will ask about your medical history and about the time your symptoms started. Brain scans will show what type of stroke you had. You may also work with a neurologist who treats brain disorders, a neurosurgeon that performs surgery on the brain, or a specialist in another area of medicine.

Medicine, surgery, or other procedures may be needed to stop the bleeding and save brain tissue.

After a stroke, you may need rehabilitation to help you recover. Before you are discharged from the hospital, social workers can help you find care services and caregiver support to continue your long-term recovery. It is important to work with your health care team to find out the reasons for your stroke and take steps to prevent another stroke.

About Stroke

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke:

An ischemic stroke occurs when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels to the brain. Fatty deposits called plaque can also cause blockages by building up in the blood vessels.

hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Blood builds up and damages surrounding brain tissue.

Both types of stroke damage brain cells. Symptoms of that damage start to show in the parts of the body controlled by those brain cells.

Stroke Prevention

You can help prevent stroke by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as:

  • A healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Staying physically active
  • Keeping your blood pressure down
  • No smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption


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