Stroke is a significant cause of death and long-term disability in the
United States. According to the ASA, roughly 700,000 Americans have a
new or recurrent stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death,
after heart disease and cancer, and is the leading cause of long-term
disability in this country.
Treatment during the first three hours of stroke onset is critical to halt
its effects on the body.
Atlantic General Hospital has a stroke team, composed of physicians and
nursing staff specially trained in stroke care, and integrated stroke
protocols in its emergency department with the hospital’s diagnostic
and inpatient clinical services to streamline treatment of stroke.
Too often, stroke victims ignore or are unaware of the significance of
their symptoms and don’t seek the care they need. Please educate
yourself on the warning signs and seek treatment immediately if you or
a loved one are experiencing symptoms of stroke.
Common signs of stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one
side of the body
- Sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, call
911 immediately. Too many wait as long as one or two days after an attack
to seek medical attention. By this time, even the latest advances in stroke
care cannot reverse the damage.
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Atlantic General Hospital’s Stroke Center received official designation
from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
as a Primary Stroke Center in 2007. This designation means that Atlantic
General has met the requirements put forth by the American Stroke Association
(ASA), MIEMSS and the Joint Commission to optimize the quality of care
to stroke patients.