Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System

Stroke Q & A

Richard E. Bird, MD, James J. Morgan, MD
     and Robert F. Baumann, DO 

Primary Stroke Center Directors
Peninsula Regional Medical Center

What is Stroke? 

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease.  It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.  A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.  When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (oxygen and nutrients) it needs, so it starts to die (Brain Attack).

What does it mean for Peninsula Regional Medical Center to receive Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) certification as a Primary Stroke Center? 

Peninsula Regional Medical Center's Primary Stroke Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care.   JCAHO certification verifies that our Primary Stroke Center meets or exceeds national standards and guidelines and that we have the multidisciplinary team and resources in place at the Medical Center to significantly improve outcomes for our friends, families and neighbors who come to us within the all important three hour window. 

How Common is Stroke?

There are more than 750,000 victims annually in the United States.  There are 160,000 deaths per year, which makes stroke the 3rd leading cause of death behind heart and cancer.  There are 266,000 survivors with permanent disabilities and 30,000 new permanent admissions to nursing homes.  There are over 4 million living survivors of stroke.  In the United States someone has a stroke every 45 seconds, and someone dies from a stroke every three minutes. 

Who is at Risk? 

The people at greatest risk are those with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol, smokers, heavy drinkers, obese patients and those who are physically inactive.

What Should I Do If I Recognize Symptoms in a Loved One?

Call 911 or go the nearest emergency department if any of the symptoms occur that are included in the Stroke Symptoms graphic you can view in the "In This Section" area of this page.

It is extremely important to be aware that if symptoms of a stroke develop, you need to call 911 to get to the emergency department within a 3 hour window to be considered for the clot busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which could potentially reduce the long-term disabilities of a stroke. 

Can You Recover From a Stroke?

Stroke recovery continues throughout life.  Recurrent stroke is frequent.  About 25% of people who recover from their first stroke will have another stroke within 5 years.

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