If you think you are having a stroke, call 911 immediately.
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Stroke is not just an older person's illness; it can strike people of all ages. In fact, it's the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, call 911 immediately. The quicker treatment begins, the better your chances are for survival and full recuperation. Learn what resources you have available in your area, and keep in mind that Riverside Medical Center's highly specialized and nationally recognized stroke experts are always ready to help in a stroke emergency.
Riverside has received Primary Stroke Center Certification by DNV GL Healthcare. This certification recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Riverside, the area's first certified primary stroke center, uncompromisingly demonstrates compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care and is touted as one of the area's hospitals best equipped to diagnose and treat stroke patients.
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Riverside's top priority for patients who have had a stroke is to get them help as soon as possible, including on their ambulance ride to the hospital. Once the patient arrives in the emergency room, a computed tomography (CT) scan is performed to diagnose the type of stroke the patient is having. Patients who have had a stroke are given priority access to get a CT scan as soon as they arrive. And unlike most hospitals, Riverside's radiology department is right next to the emergency department, so the stroke care team receives the radiologist's report in a matter of minutes.
Riverside is also a leader in technology to advance stroke treatment and help improve outcomes. The addition of the Telemedicine Robot to the Primary Stroke Center helps Riverside's award-winning stroke team to collaborate with Rush University Medical Center experts on even the most complicated stroke cases.
Take our Stroke Risk Assessment Survey to see if you're at risk of a stroke. Being able to recognize a stroke is the first key to survival; and things like attention to high blood pressure, cholesterol and exercise can dramatically lessen your risk for stroke. So, Riverside Medical Center has begun the Riverside Stroke Center to help educate our community about strokes.
Another key to survival is to take immediate action. So, from the first sign of symptom onset, call 911 and get to an emergency room, because one hour can make the difference of a lifetime for you or a loved one. Why? Because receiving medical attention as early as possible within the first three hours of a stroke greatly increases a person's chance for survival and even complete recovery.
According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), strokes can be classified into 2 main categories:
Transient ischemic attacks (TIA or mini-strokes) occur when blood flow to the brain is blocked temporarily. The symptoms are similar to an ischemic stroke, but TIA symptoms usually last less than five minutes with an average of about a minute, according to the ASA. If you experience any symptoms, or if you notice them in a loved one, get medical help as soon as possible. Having a mini-stroke increases your risk of having a true stroke in the future.
Riverside's acute stroke rehabilitation program focuses on the first few weeks after the patient's stroke to maximize their chances of a successful recovery. Patients' progress during this crucial time can make a huge difference in the quality of their lives after a stroke.