The Stroke Center provides advanced medical services for potential stroke victims as quickly as possible
Hurley holds advanced certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission. Obtaining this certification signifies Hurley’s commitment to providing patients with the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research, to ensure continued improvement in treatment. Having this advanced primary stroke certification has given Hurley the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care provided to patients, and helps, improve care overall for the community.
A joint effort of Hurley’s Emergency Department and Cardiovascular Services Department, the Stroke Center at Hurley Medical Center enables our team to assess patients and begin treatment right away, which greatly improves the chances of recovery.
A stroke is as much of an emergency as a heart attack
Stroke is a cardiovascular medical emergency similar to a heart attack, but which occurs in the blood vessels leading to the brain. When blood flow to the brain is blocked or decreased, the brain can be permanently injured and death can result. Stroke must always be treated as an emergency. If you think you are, or someone near you is, having a stroke, call 911 or seek immediate medical help. Never attempt to diagnose a stroke yourself.
Immediate diagnosis and treatment from emergency specialists
The Stroke Center at Hurley Medical Center provides rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients from the first moment they enter our facility. Our highly trained, board-certified physicians and nurses follow emergency medicine best practices to help stabilize patients, assess the severity of the event, deliver immediate care, and coordinate admission to Hurley’s specialized cardiac and neurological facilities.
After admission, patients continue to receive effective, comprehensive care from our team of cardiologists, vascular physicians and neurologists, who will work together to treat the immediate condition and to develop a long-term plan for physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy and ongoing medical treatment. Our overall goal is to help patients and their families not only return to their normal activities, but to improve the quality of their lives overall.
Think FAST. Act FAST.
Recognizing the signs of a stroke, acting FAST and calling 911 can save a life and limit disabilities.
- F is for face – Have the person smile. Does one side of his/her face droop? Signs can include uneven smile, new numbness of the face, new difficulty seeing from one or both eyes, and/or sudden severe headache.
- A is for arm and leg – Have the person hold their arms out. Are they having trouble holding one arm up? Signs can include new weakness and/or numbness (tingling feeling) in arm and/or leg, sudden dizziness, and/or trouble walking.
- S is for speech – Ask the person to say a common phrase. Is the person having trouble speaking? Signs can include slurred speech, inability to talk, use of inappropriate or incorrect words.
- T is for time – Call 911 immediately and note the time that symptoms started.