May 22, 2017
May is American Stroke Month, a perfect time to raise awareness about strokes and the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke in order to seek help immediately.
The statistics are alarming. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of adult disability. According to the American Stroke Association, on average, every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke and about 800,000 people will be affected each year. There are approximately 7 million stroke survivors throughout the United States.
“When it comes to recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke, ‘time is brain,’” says neurologist Kenneth Levin, Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Stroke Center. “The faster you seek treatment at a facility with expertise in treating a stroke, the better your chances are for recovery.”
Valley’s Stroke Center was recognized earlier this year by Healthgrades with a 5-star rating and the 2017 Stroke Excellence Award for clinical quality and excellence in treatments of strokes. The Stroke Excellence Award places Valley in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for stroke care. The Center also holds The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval (also known as a Disease Specific Certification) for stroke care, the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers, and the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke
Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus recognition from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Signs and symptoms of a stroke 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
Here are a few ways you can assess whether or not someone is having a stroke:
• Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
• Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
• Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
If the answer ends up being “yes” to the above questions or you notice other signs and stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
About The Valley Hospital Stroke Center:
The Valley Hospital Stroke Center is a central component of Valley’s Neuroscience Center of Excellence. It has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. The Stroke Center leads the area in state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge treatment options, and neurological and neurosurgical expertise. Valley’s stroke care comprises diagnostic testing, treatment, rehabilitation, support, prevention, education, and research. Our experienced stroke team diagnoses and treats stroke symptoms swiftly and aggressively.