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Aurora BayCare Medical Center is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
When patients in the greater Green Bay area are treated at Aurora BayCare Medical Center for stroke, they are in good hands, according to the American Stroke Association. Aurora BayCare recently received the American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement award.
The American Stroke Association's award addresses the important element of time. Aurora BayCare has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This includes around the clock availability of brain imaging scans, staff experienced in the care of stroke patients and the ability to offer clot-busting medications when appropriate. Customized patient education materials are given to all stroke patients before they are discharged from the hospital to help patients reduce their risk of future stroke.
What is a Stroke
A stroke can happen when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted. The brain needs a nearly constant supply of blood that carries oxygen to the brain cells which control everything we do - from speaking to walking, to even something as vital as breathing. Most strokes occur when there is a blockage in an artery, (a blood vessel that carries blood to the brain). These are called ischemic strokes. These blockages can be caused by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. The less frequent kind of stroke is one in which a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing bleeding into the brain called a hemorrhage or a hemorrhagic stroke. These brain hemorrhages are often the result of a weak area in the blood vessel that forms an aneurysm that can burst.
Every year, stroke affects around 750,000 Americans...killing approximately 160,000 people.
The good news is there are things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke. If you develop the symptoms of a stroke and receive immediate medical attention, treatments are available to help reduce brain damage and disability.
Some patients first show signs of a transient ischemic attack or TIA. These are sometimes called "warning" strokes because they mean there is something abnormal in the brain and you are at increased risk for experiencing a stroke that could cause permanent damage.
Everyone is at risk for a stroke. However, certain factors can increase your risk. Some of these are beyond your control, such as:
Other risk factors that ARE in your control and that you can modify to reduce your risk of stroke include:
Recognize the warning signs of stroke
Stroke is a medical emergency. Knowing the warning signs can save your - or a loved one's - life. The earlier treatment is received, the more effective it is. Call 9-1-1 if you see or have any of these symptoms.
While there are certain factors such as age, gender and ethnicity, that you cannot control; you can reduce your reduce your risk by controlling these lifestyle-related factors by:
Rememberâ€¦every second counts!
Even if symptoms appear for only a very short period of time, it could mean a Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA occurred. Call 9-1-1 if you experience any stroke symptom, even if it disappears. Even though a TIA is not a stroke, it does indicate a serious problem in your brain and it may mean that a stroke may soon occur. Your doctor can diagnose and treat you to help reduce your risk of having a stroke.
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