A stroke occurs in America every 45 seconds, making it a leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death among adults.
Quick Facts about Stroke:
- Stroke is America's third leading killer.
- It is the #1 cause for nursing home admissions.
- Unfortunately, half of all stroke victims have no warning signs before a stroke occurs.
The Medical Center of Plano is proud to be the FIRST hospital in Texas to participate in the American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke initiative. The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving acute stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events.
For the 750,000 Americans who experience stroke or other cerebrovascular events each year, immediate attention and individualized care are vital for maximum recovery. The Stroke Program at The Medical Center of Plano features neurologists and nurse practitioners on call 24/7 for triage and immediate treatment of stroke patients. Our team of professionals takes a multi disciplinary approach that's specifically tailored for each patient to maximize patient care and optimize their recovery. The Stroke Program also offers support and education to the patients and their families.
Are You at Risk for Stroke?
There is no typical neurological patient. Each person will have unique symptoms or perhaps NO symptoms at all. Prevention and early detection are key factors in identifying and successfully treating neurological conditions. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:
- 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 trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Time is of the Essence! Learn the Stroke Warning Signs and call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms! Time lost is brain lost!
Questions about Stroke? For additional comprehensive information on stroke, visit www.strokeassociation.org.