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Stroke Unit at Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital Central
1400 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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4050 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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About the Stroke Unit at Memorial Hospital

Our stroke unit at Memorial Hospital evaluates and treats strokes. Having a stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. If people who experience symptoms of a stroke get help within three hours, they are much more likely to recover fully. By recognizing the signs of a stroke, you can get help fast and reduce its impact.

Stroke Symptoms

Stroke Symptoms include:


• SUDDEN numbness or weakness of 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.

 

Memorial Hospital's multidisciplinary stroke committee also works tirelessly to prevent strokes in the hospital, instituting special procedures that include bedside evaluations of all patients. The committee has produced public information flyers on symptoms of stroke, and they work closely with the Colorado Stroke Advisory Board to increase public awareness of this serious problem.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, don't wait – call 911 immediately!


What Is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, the brain can't get the oxygen it needs and starts to die. If you think you may be experiencing a stroke, it is crucial that you get to the hospital as soon as possible. If you get care within three hours of experiencing your first symptom, you have a much better chance of full recovery.



Know Your Risk Factors

According to the National Stroke Association, anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. But, the chances of having a stroke increase if a person has certain risk factors, or criteria that can cause a stroke. Visit the National Stroke Association website to learn your risks for stroke:


» Stroke Risk Factors & Scorecard



What Will Happen in the Emergency Department?

The staff in the emergency department at Memorial Hospital will usually perform a computerized tomography scan (CT) to get detailed information about what is causing your stroke. This process is painless and usually takes less than 30 minutes.

 

Your stroke could be what is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is a "warning" or "mini-stroke." Symptoms are similar to a stroke, but you suffer no lasting damage. If you have had a TIA, you may be given "clot buster" drugs which can dissolve the blood clot. You may be sent home directly from the emergency room and not admitted to the hospital. But following up with your doctor is very important, since your chances of experiencing a full-fledged stroke in the future are heightened.


Rehabilitation Begins As Soon As Possible

The stroke unit at Memorial Hospital is part of a larger 37-bed patient care unit with specially trained nurses who are experienced in caring for stroke patients. No matter how serious your stroke may be, the unit's goal is to begin your rehabilitation as soon as possible. The staff will closely monitor your condition by checking:

  • Your neurological status—strokes often affect one side of the body, and patients can fall because they can’t feel that side.
  • Your vital signs—especially blood pressure, which must remain within certain guidelines.
  • Your swallow response—your ability to swallow correctly is often affected by a stroke.
  • Your visual field—stroke victims often have trouble seeing on one side.

After a short length of stay in the stroke unit, patients generally go to a rehabilitation facility or they return home and participate in outpatient rehabilitation. Typically, a patient only stays in the unit for two days. The faster you start rehabilitation, the better your chances are for a full recovery.

 

Most importantly, all the professionals in the stroke unit work on public education to get the word out on how to prevent and recognize strokes.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, don’t wait – call 911 immediately!


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