Wednesday, May 14, 2014
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Trident Health is committed to raising awareness about how to recognize when you or another individual may be having a stroke and what to do.
“Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke,” said Allison Walters, AVP of Cardiovascular Services at Trident Health. “The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery.”
Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of nerve cells within minutes.
Trident and Summerville medical centers both recently received Get With The Guidelines — Quality Achievement awards for stroke care. Both hospitals are certified by the Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers.
“If you suspect a stroke, remember the word FAST – F-A-S-T,” said Dr. Thomas Privett, Trident Health Stroke Medical director, “F is for face — is your face drooping? A is for arms —can you lift both arms? S is for speech — are you slurring your words, and T is for time — call 9-1-1 immediately because with stroke, time is brain.”