A stroke is what occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or stopped. Within a few minutes of a stroke, brain cells begin to die. This is why it’s so important for someone who is having a stroke to get medical attention as quickly as possible. Stroke affects about one person every four minutes in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms of possible stroke include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body
- Difficulty with speaking or understanding speech
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause.
If you or someone you’re with has any of these symptoms, you must get yourself or them to a hospital immediately. Staff in the emergency department will administer acute stroke medications to try to stop a stroke while it is happening. Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, is treated with the ‘clot-busting’ drug known as tPA. The drug must be given to patients within three- to four-and-a-half hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.
Remote Consultations Through Telemedicine
Specialty ‘telestroke’ (telemedicine) services at Northwest Texas Healthcare System help patients receive advanced assessment and rapid treatment during the critical period following the onset of stroke symptoms. Two-way audiovisual capabilities provide immediate, remote consultations anytime day or night. Telemedicine capabilities bring advanced neurological specialties to the bedside at Northwest Texas Healthcare System.
Using secure, advanced telemedicine equipment, specialty stroke neurologists are “in the room” working collaboratively with Northwest’s emergency and stroke teams to determine the most effective treatment option for patients.
Telestroke services include:
- Twenty-four-hour availability
- Secure, robotic video conferencing
- Evidence-based clinical treatment
- Consultation and collaboration with board-certified stroke neurologists