As a Primary Stroke Service facility, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital provides emergency diagnostic and therapeutic services by a multidisciplinary team 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week to patients presenting with symptoms of acute stroke. A comprehensive plan designated to assess and treat stroke patients, expedites patient flow from arrival at the Emergency Department through diagnostic testing to treatment for patients meeting the criteria for administration of the clot busting drug tPA.
Though about 610,000 new strokes are reported in the United States each year, the good news is that treatments are available that can greatly reduce the damage caused by stroke. However, you need to recognize the symptoms and get to a hospital quickly. It is important to be aware of stroke symptoms, which include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one of both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss or balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you believe you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.
A group of stroke survivors and their caregivers, including some from Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Stroke Support Group, were recently treated to a weekend free from worry at a Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp held at Warren Conference Center in Ashland, MA.