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Published on May 01, 2013

Asante Wants You to Be Stroke Smart

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and the Primary Stroke Center team at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center wants you to know your stroke risks and the warning signs of stroke or “Brain Attack,” and what you should do in the event of a stroke.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can't work properly. Learn more about stroke.

Patients treated at a Primary Stroke Center have better recovery rates than patients who are not, as this story shows. Asante Rogue Regional is a Primary Stroke Center certified by DNV (Det Norske Veritas), a hospital accreditation organization with some of the toughest standards in healthcare.

The certification means the Asante Rogue Regional stroke response staff are following the best methods to fast-track patients suspected of stroke so that doctors can begin brain-saving treatments immediately.

“Primary Stroke Center certified hospitals have better outcomes than non-certified hospitals,” says neurologist Oscar Sanchez, MD, Stroke Program Medical Director of the Asante Rogue Regional Primary Stroke Center.

Why Ask to Go to a “PrimaryStrokeCenter?”

Each of the hundreds of patients treated for stroke each year at Asante Rogue Regional has a better chance to save brain function because it is a PrimaryStrokeCenter. Asante Rogue Regional has met demanding treatment standards to respond speedily to patients suspected of stroke and give them the best chance for a recovery. Only 36 percent of Americans live near a hospital designated as a stroke center.

“Our physicians have extensive specialized training, and we have established proven standard protocols that minimize the long-term effects of a stroke,” says Charity Barrueta, RN, program coordinator, Primary Stroke Center.

If your loved one is having a stroke, ask emergency medical personnel to take him or her to Asante Rogue Regional, a Primary Stroke Center.

For more information about strokes, visit the Asante Health Library.

Stroke Facts
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes someone dies of stroke.
  • Every year, about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke.
  • Ischemic strokes, which occur when blood clots block the blood vessels to the brain, are the most common type of stroke, representing about 87 percent of all strokes.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
  • Every second without blood flow means lost brain function.
  • 90 percent of those surviving a stroke will be left with some type of deficit.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
What are the Warning Signs of Stroke?
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg--especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone else experiences any of these symptoms call 911 immediately – it may be a stroke. Even if the symptoms resolve in a few minutes you should be cautious and still call 9-1-1!

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