Archive | May 25, 2018

Can You Recognize A Stroke?

Face drooping.
Arm weakness.
Slurred Speech.

These are the signs of a stroke. Would you recognize them? In this WLTX interview, Dr. Katie Dahlberg, neurologist at Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, explains this dangerous condition and talks about treatment and prevention.

Lexington Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center. The hospital has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke program. And, the hospital achieved Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll recognition this year.

The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. The honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures, including use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator. If given in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. At LMC, nearly 80 percent of stroke patients receive tPA within 60 minutes of arrival.

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