Good Samaritan Medical Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
This means our stroke program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. Our Primary Stroke Center brings together physicians from critical specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, internal medicine, and emergency medicine to provide comprehensive evaluation and management of patients with cerebrovascular diseases.
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Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of disability.
A stroke occurs when an artery in the brain becomes blocked or bursts and blood and oxygen can no longer reach parts of the brain. For every minute during a stroke, 2 million neurons die and parts of the body begin to shut down.
A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is a mini-stroke. During a TIA, the blood flow is only cut off for a brief time. Even though your symptoms recover, 10 percent of people will have another stroke within two days. If you seek immediate medical attention, the second stroke can sometimes be prevented.
Remember, a TIA is a medical EMERGENCY—call 9-1-1.
Stroke is a medical EMERGENCY—every minute counts so remember to act F.A.S.T! Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you are with has symptoms of a stroke.
- F—Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A—Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is one arm weak or numb?
- S—Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- T—Time. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!
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