Your Stroke Care Network
Southeast Alabama Medical Center — a Certified Primary Stroke Center — has built the region’s largest stroke care network, ensuring patients have access to experienced stroke care in their community.
Your Stroke Care Network
THIS NETWORK INCLUDES:
• Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, AL
• Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula, AL
• Dale Medical Center in Ozark, AL
• Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, AL
• Troy Regional Medical Center in Troy, AL
• Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva, AL
Together, Southeast Alabama Medical Center and your stroke care network offer the highest standard in advanced stroke care. That’s because we use telemedicine technology, allowing physicians to conduct real-time video exams 24-hours a day. Using telemedicine, stroke specialists connect with emergency rooms so that treatment can start as soon as possible. Now, life-savings drugs can be prescribed to patients in a matter of minutes, resulting in less permanent damage caused by stroke. When necessary, patients are transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center where our physicians are specially trained in stroke treatment.
What Is a Stroke?
A stoke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, either by a blood clot or by a ruptured blood vessel. Oxygen cannot get to the brain without blood flow so brain cells begin to die. When these cells die, the motor skills and cognitive abilities they control are affected, sometimes permanently. Someone who has a small stroke, for example, may only experience temporary weakness. A large Stroke can result in permanent paralysis on one side of the body, inability to speak and/or inability to swallow.
STATISTICS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
• Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in Alabama
• Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
• Strokes kill almost 140,000 people in the U.S. each year
• 1 in every 20 deaths in the U.S. is caused by a stroke
• On average, 1 person in the U.S. dies from a stroke every 4 minutes
• More than 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year
• Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability
• 80% of all Strokes can be prevented
When Having a Stroke, Time Matters
TIME TO CALL 911
Is one side of the face drooping or is there numbness? Ask the person to smile and check for unevenness.
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms and look for one arm to drift downward.
Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Ask the person to say a simple sentence, such as, “The grass is green.” Listen to see if the sentence was repeated correctly.
If any of these symptoms are present for any amount of time, call 9-1-1 immediately. Make sure to check the time so you’ll be able to tell the paramedics when the symptoms first appeared.
A stroke is typically quick and sudden and can change your life forever. The first thing to know is that if a stroke occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not wait. 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, so time is of the essence. Our best defense against stroke is understanding what a stroke is and being able to identify signs and symptoms so you can act. Remember, time matters. Be prepared to act F.A.S.T.?
Identify Signs and Symptoms
When a stroke occurs, time lost is brain lost. The thing to remember is to act F.A.S.T. to spot the signs of stroke and, when you do, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Additional signs and symptoms include numbness and/or weakness on one side of the body, confusion, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking including dizziness and loss of balance, loss of coordination, and sudden or severe headache with no apparent cause.
Remember, “time lost is brain lost”, so call 9-1-1 at the first sign of any of these symptoms.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center Is On Call For You
Remember, when it comes to a stroke, time matters. Whenever you identify signs of a stroke, immediately call 9-1-1.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center is dedicated to offering the most advanced care in the region. That’s why we’ve created a clinical leadership group, a stroke core work group, and a stroke process improvement team to work together toward continuous improvement in quality treatment. With Southeast Alabama Medical Center and the Stroke Care Network, time is on your side.
Stroke Care Network