The reason stroke is a serious concern:
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the nation
- Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke
- On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies
of a stroke every 3.1 minutes
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United
States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today
- With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines
(GWTG)–Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award addresses the important
element of rapid treatment in the ER
Alvarado Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis
and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having
neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting
medications when appropriate.