Stroke Center of Excellence
Primary Stroke Center Certification
Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. There are approximately 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
United Regional is proud to have achieved the distinction as a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification. The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services we provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to our community that the quality care we provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. United Regional treats approximately 400 stroke patients annually and serves as the hub of the area’s Stroke Network.
United Regional’s Stroke Program was developed to increase public awareness of stroke, its risk factors and warning signs. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability, but most people do not even know they are at risk. Many do not understand the prevalence of the disease or understand what the risk factors are for stroke.
In addition to a broad educational campaign, United Regional focuses on clinical efforts to reduce the time it takes to diagnose stroke and be more aggressive in treating stroke.
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 75 percent of strokes could be prevented or delayed through management or elimination of risk factors. Those risk factors are:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease best practices to our organization while reducing the life-changing impact of
- Family history of strokes
- Having had a prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- High cholesterol
Another cause for concern is the fact that nearly half of all deaths from stroke happen before the person can get to a hospital (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The most likely reason is that many people do not recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke. In fact, a recent survey revealed that only one-half of the respondents recognized sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg as a warning sign for stroke. (Source: VHA, Inc.)
The warning signs for stroke are:
- 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 dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or trouble walking
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Types of Stroke