If you think you, or someone you are with, may be experiencing a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not ignore or rationalize away stroke symptoms. Take action!
The Emergency Department at St. Mary's Hospital offers high-speed diagnostics to evaluate stroke symptoms, and is prepared to administer the most modern treatments available, including the clot-busting drug tPA.
St. Mary’s is the first Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the Athens area and 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.
When it comes to stroke, know the warning signs!
If you know the symptoms of stroke, you might save a life. They are:
• Sudden numbness/weakness of the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
• Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Call 911 immediately if someone begins showing symptoms of stroke!
Time lost is brain lost.
The Clot-Busting Drug, tPA
When deemed medically appropriate, tPA (tissue Plasminogen Activator) is currently the only FDA-approved drug for acute ischemic stroke, and is available at St. Mary's Hospital. The sooner treatment begins, the more brain tissue can be saved. tPA must not be given to patients whose stroke is caused by a ruptured blood vessel however, so quick and high-tech testing is vital. St. Mary's Hospital provides this testing in minutes. The recommendation to administer tPA can only be completed by a stroke specialist, and St. Mary's Hospital's utilization of the REACH system makes the administration of tPA available 24/7.
"REACH" stands for Remote Evaluation of Acute ischemic Stroke.
St. Mary's Hospital is proud to utilize the REACH system in partnership with Georgia Regents University (formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia). This potentially life-saving telemedicine system enables specialist consults 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing those specialists to remotely provide urgent consultations any time of day or night, including virtual examinations of both the patient and their corresponding brain imaging studies.