Did you know that stroke kills about 130,000 Americans each year, accounting for about 1 in 20 deaths in the United States? At Good Samaritan Hospital, we strive to reduce the significant impact of stroke in the San Jose community as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Our multidisciplinary stroke team provides a higher level of care for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke to ensure the best possible outcomes for every case. In addition to advanced care services, we also offer a number of resources to the community to raise awareness and promote stroke prevention.
What Is a Comprehensive Stroke Center?
Most hospitals carry the classification of Primary Stroke Center, which indicates that they are certified to treat stroke within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms using clot-busting medications. Comprehensive stroke cancers are able to deliver treatment within a longer timeframe—within 8 hours of symptom onset. These centers also have the ability to perform neurovascular surgery in the case of hemorrhagic stroke, which is much more deadly than the more common ischemic stroke. Here’s a closer look at the type of care delivered by Good Samaritan, which is only one of seven Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the state of California.
- Emergency stroke care – When patients come to the ER with stroke symptoms, a Stroke Alert is sent to our Comprehensive Stroke Center, prompting members of our care team to work with EMS professionals for a prompt emergency response. Restoring blood flow to the brain as soon as possible is essential in stroke recovery, since every moment lost equates to brain cells lost.
- Hospitalization – Following immediate care, patients are admitted to the hospital to begin the recovery and rehabilitation process. Our team of neurologists, surgeons, and other specialists will create a care plan that outlines key risk factors for secondary stroke and establishes clear guidelines for rehabilitation.
- Rehabilitation – Stroke rehabilitation will vary from patient to patient, depending on the location of the stroke and the extent of the damage. Patients may undergo physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and they will also be provided with tips for healthier living to prevent future stroke and related health concerns. Additionally, patients will have access to a number of resources such as survivor support groups and one-on-one therapy.
How Can You Recognize a Stroke?
Because every second matters when it comes to stroke care, you will want to be familiar with the key signs of stroke. Stroke often causes muscle weakness in the face and extremities, sudden problems with speech, and changes in vision and balance. If you do suspect that a loved one is having a stroke, you should not hesitate to call 911 and request to be taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.
To find more resources to help you prevent or recognize stroke, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (888) 724-2362. Our nurses are available around the clock to answer your call and offer physician referrals, answers to your health questions, and access to our patient resources.