San Ramon Regional Medical Center is Awarded Primary Stroke Certification by the Joint Commission
Stroke—When Every Minute Counts
Did you know? Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the
United States and the leading cause of long‐term disability.
We know that a stroke can be terribly debilitating, but do you know
the signs and symptoms of a stroke? The National Stroke
Association has developed a simple acronym for stroke signs and
symptoms –Think FAST.
F is for Face – Is there facial droop or asymmetry upon smiling?
A is for Arm – When someone holds both arms up in front of them,
does one arm drift or is it weak? Is there any numbness of the arm?
S is for Speech – Does the person have difficulty speaking or
understanding? Is the speech slurred.
If any of these symptoms are present the best thing to do is call
Stroke is a medical emergency caused by the decrease of blood to a
part of the brain. There are two types of strokes. The first and
most common is an ischemic stroke caused by a blood clot or a
narrowing of an artery that has cut off blood supply.
The second is hemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding in or
around the brain. This type only accounts for about 13 percent of
all strokes and may be characterized by extremely severe
Seeking immediate treatment of a stroke is essential. Early
treatment may greatly decrease the risk of long‐term disability. For
every minute a stroke goes untreated, as many as 1.9 million brain
cells are lost.
Long gone are the days when there was not much to be done for
stroke victims. There have been amazing advances in medicine and
hospital processes to treat stroke patients, but nationally, less than
5% of patients get to the hospital in time to receive treatment. A
stroke resolves in about eight hours, and a patient must come into
the hospital within three hours of stroke symptom onset to
receive acute treatment.
We know that many risk factors for stroke are modifiable – you can
do something today to reduce your risk for stroke!! Risk factors
included: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease,
diabetes, smoking, heavy alcohol use, physical inactivity, obesity,
and atrial fibrillation.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center has partnered with the
American Heart/American Stroke Association to increase
awareness of stroke. The Stroke Association has some excellent
resources for decreasing the risks of stroke, including
“Life’s Simple 7”.
Please visit www.heart.org/MyLifeCheck to see how you can take
control and reduce your risk of having a stroke. Other resources