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Stroke Care

Call 911

If you experience any signs of stroke, call 911 immediately. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself to the hospital. 

Your Partner for Expert Stroke Care

In times of need, you and your family can count on the award-winning Stroke Team at Saint Mary’s Hospital. We’re committed to providing excellent care from the moment the first signs of stroke occur all the way through to you or your loved one’s stroke rehabilitation, including intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Fast Response for Better Outcomes

We understand that time is brain and act accordingly. Saint Mary’s performance in this area is exceptional. This means that, at Saint Mary's Hospital, you or your loved ones will receive exceptional care that meets or exceeds all the latest performance and outcome criteria. 

The chain of care begins with EMTs who alert the Emergency Department that a stroke patient is being transported to the hospital, and extends to Saint Mary’s physicians, who are acutely aware of stroke symptoms and respond promptly, the nursing and rehabilitation staff who provide patient care, and our stroke program coordinators.

The Highest Standard of Care

Saint Mary’s Hospital has received two consecutive Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program. These awards demonstrate Saint Mary’s deep commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that patients like you receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Winning these awards means that you can trust Saint Mary’s team, which has established a chain of providers who are committed to bringing in new treatments and regiments, pushing tPA to new limits, and collaborating with pioneers in stroke treatment to deliver the very best care for you and our community.

Signs of a Stroke

Call 911 immediately if you or a loved one exhibits any of the five signs of a stroke:

  1. Can he or she balance to walk?
  2. Is speech slurred when he or she talks?
  3. Can he or she reach with both arms, or is one side weak or numb?
  4. Can he or she see, or is vision impaired or gone?
  5. How does he or she feel—is his or her headache severe?

Stroke Symptoms? Act FAST

If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing signs of stroke, act FAST:

  • Face – Check yourself or ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Check yourself or ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Check yourself or ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – Note the time the symptoms started and call 911 immediately.

Learn about stroke risk factors, treatments, rehabilitation and more. 

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