Stroke center in Dublin, Georgia
About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes—some studies indicate that up to 80 percent—can be prevented through risk factor management.
If caught quickly, the long term effects of a stroke can be diminished or reversed completely with the administration of t–PA (tissue plasminogen activator), a clot busting drug given in the emergency department.
To find out more about our stroke center and our stroke treatment, call us at (478) 275-2000.
Award-winning stroke center in Laurens County
In Laurens County, we are fortunate to have a program recognized by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center at Fairview Park Hospital. The stroke center at Fairview Park has also been named a Coverdell Award Winner for its strides in stroke awareness and prevention.
Fairview Park treats patients whom see dramatically positive outcomes. This is attributed only to the quick response of seeking emergency help and the administration of tPA upon arrival.
There is no doubt that more education about stroke is needed. Fairview Park is taking a lead from the National Stroke Association and striving to educate Laurens County, and the surrounding communities about risk factor management and how to recognize and respond to warning signs by acting FAST:
F — Face
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A — Arms
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S — Speech
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T — Time
If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
- Stroke kills two times more women annually than breast cancer.
- Stroke is largely preventable. It helps to manage risk factors, including high blood pressure, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and more. Get a free risk factor scorecard at www.stroke.org/risk and discuss the results with a healthcare professional.
- Stroke is an emergency! It is important to learn how to respond to stroke warning signs. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized FAST and 911 is called. Use the FAST test to remember warning signs.
These resources can aid in your recovery from stroke and can help you prevent it from occurring.