Stroke is a potentially deadly condition in which blood flow to portions of the brain is restricted. The result can be paralysis, blindness, loss of speech, coma and death.
Call 911 immediately if someone begins showing symptoms of stroke!
Time lost is brain lost.
Treatment with the clot-busting drug tPA at St. Mary's can stop many strokes in their tracks. The sooner treatment begins, the more brain tissue can be saved. However, tPA must not be given to patients whose stroke is caused by a ruptured blood vessel, so fast, high-tech testing is vital. St. Mary's provides this testing in minutes, providing our patients with the best chance possible of a full recovery.
St. Mary’s is North Georgia’s first Certified Primary Stroke Center. In fact, St. Mary’s was one of the first 20 primary stroke centers to be certified in the nation, and was cited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as a model for other community hospitals seeking to improve stroke care.
St. Mary's has partnered with the Medical College of Georgia's REACH stroke program to further enhance stroke care. REACH enables St. Mary's neurohospitalists and Emergency Department physicians to interact live, 24 hours a day, with MCG's on-call neurologist via web-based video. REACH also allows St. Mary's to share diagnostic images and test results with the consultant in real time. Coupled with the expertise of St. Mary's neurohospitalists, REACH provides an unprecedented level of experience and speed for the care of stroke patients.
Check out Explaining Stroke, an interactive educational resource from the National Stroke Association.