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Stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When either happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. This abrupt interruption of the blood supply to the brain is why a stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack".
The two types of stroke are:
Stroke is the third most common cause of death for Americans, and the leading cause of adult disability. The Wellstar Stroke Center, located in Wellstar Cobb Hospital, is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Stroke Center of Excellence and holds Disease Specific Care Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. In addition, Wellstar’s Stroke Center is nationally certified in stroke care by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.
Immediate care is vital to the successful treatment of a stroke. Familiarize yourself with stroke symptoms and get urgent help if you suspect someone has suffered a stroke. Stroke symptoms, which often appear suddenly, can be easily remembered using the F.A.S.T. acronym:
Not all of these symptoms will be apparent with every stroke. If any symptoms appear, get help immediately.
Many of the risk factors for stroke can be controlled with medication, medical attention, diet or exercise. Risk factors include:
Other risk factors that can’t be controlled or changed include:
We believe the best treatment for stroke is to prevent it from occurring. Following a few simple healthy lifestyle guidelines can help decrease the chance that you will suffer a stroke.
Because signs and symptoms of stroke can vary and treatment options change based on the type of stroke and time of diagnosis, initial prompt evaluation by a physician is essential for proper care. Wellstar neuroradiologists are sub-specialized to provide fast and accurate stroke diagnoses. When a patient shows symptoms of a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack), a doctor will gather information and make a diagnosis. This includes:
Wellstar Health System now includes two Primary Stroke Centers certified as Centers of Excellence by the Joint Commission (JCAHO).
Chances for recovery are greatest when treatment is started immediately after a stroke has occurred. Emergency room treatment may include:
Preventing stroke or reducing the risk of repeated strokes can involve medication and/or surgery. Preventive treatment for ischemic stroke can include:
Preventive treatment for hemorrhagic stroke can include:
Post-stroke rehabilitation does not undo the damage caused by a stroke, but helps individuals overcome disabilities that result from stroke damage. Wellstar’s heart healthy programs, education and cardiac/stroke rehabilitation services focus on helping patients maintain a healthy heart, which goes hand in hand with stroke prevention.
Inpatient stroke education involves rehabilitation professionals teaching patients how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, not only for the duration of the rehab, but also for the rest of their lives. Our skilled inpatient rehabilitation staff’s ongoing commitment to results has earned Wellstar Cobb and Kennestone hospitals accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Center offers one of only three Day Treatment Programs in the metro Atlanta area. The Day Treatment program provides comprehensive rehabilitation for patients needing continued intensive oversight of their recovery from neurological or traumatic injuries. Under the guidance of a board certified physiatrist, our interdisciplinary therapy team focuses on self-care and home management.
Outpatient Exercise Program classes provide support, information and ongoing education for a heart-healthy lifestyle including successful risk factor modification. Heart Smart School is a free education class for patients, family and friends taught by a cardiac nurse, an exercise specialist and a dietician. Topics include how the heart works, risk factor modification for a heart healthy lifestyle, cardiac nutrition, exercise and the emotional aspects of heart disease.
Wellstar offers other services for people learning to live with the effects of a stroke, including home health services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and Unlimited Possibilities, a complimentary after-care support group for patients, family members and care givers.