Timely treatment of stroke can prevent long term disability and even save a life.
In the case of some ailments or medical conditions, it’s sometimes advised to take a wait-and-see approach. In the case of stroke, however, it’s not. Time is truly of the essence. Here’s why:
- A stroke causes a disruption in the blood flow to the brain, which in turn causes brain cells to begin to die. The longer it takes to receive medical treatment, the greater the chance of permanent disability or death.
- The American Stroke Association reports that stroke is the most common cause of adult disability and the third most common cause of death in the United States.
- There are different types of strokes. If the cause of a stroke is a blood clot, clot-busting medication can help prevent long-term disability if it is given within three hours of the first signs of stroke.
- Recent advances in medical technology have resulted in clot retrieval devices, which when employed in a timely manner, can be used to reopen blocked arteries, restore blood flow and help limit stroke damage.
Stroke symptoms often appear suddenly, and can vary from person to person. The National Stroke Association advises using the word FAST to help recognize stroke signs and remember to take action quickly:
F = When trying to smile, does one side of the face droop?
A = Can the victim lift both arms, or does one drop down?
S = Can the victim speak normally?
T = Time is critical; call 911 immediately!
TMCP is leads the way for stroke care in Collin County. Find out more about how we use clot-retrieval devices and clot-busting medications here. Learn here how we are one of the first hospitals in Texas to use the Trevo Pro Retriever with patients who have suffered acute ischemic strokes. Would you like to meet with a physician or neurologist at TMCP? Please call 1-855-665-TMCP for a referral.