From knowing what to do if someone is having a stroke to knowing where to turn for rehabilitative help, information is key for survival and recovery from stroke. When a stroke occurs, every second saved offers a better outcome for the patient, which is why getting help quickly is of the utmost importance. Area hospitals are outfitted with specially trained doctors and advanced technologies aimed at treating victims of stroke, while primary care physicians help with preventative care by counseling patients to embrace healthier diets, more exercise, and other healthy habits. From the ambulance and emergency room all the way to outpatient rehabilitation services, a stroke victim will encounter a variety of healthcare professionals. Across Greater New Orleans, these professionals offer experience and expertise. The following news and tips from area healthcare providers may help you or a loved one in the instance of stroke.
Every second counts, especially when having a stroke. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Stroke kills almost 130,000 people each year—that’s one out of every 20 deaths—according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of Stroke, and remember the helpful acronym of “BE FAST:”
Balance: Loss of balance
Eyes: Blurred or double vision
Face: Numbness or weakness in the face
Arm: Numbness or weakness in arm or leg
Speech: Difficulty Speaking
Time=Brain: If symptoms occur suddenly, and you have severe dizziness or headaches, call 911
If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911. Treatment is most effective when started immediately. Touro is a certified primary stroke center and provides immediate, life-saving care to stroke patients. Visit Touro.com to learn more.
Tulane University School of Medicine’s Center for Clinical Neurosciences is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient-centered care by combining cutting-edge technology with personalized attention. The center allows for faster consults between physicians who specialize in different neuroscience disciplines and provides an improved continuity of care for neuro patients.
The center, in partnership with the world-class physicians at Tulane University School of Medicine’s Center for Neurosciences, offers the expertise and capabilities to effectively diagnose and treat spine, brain, and neurological conditions. To continue their tradition of excellence and expertise in providing the best quality care, education and research are integrated through the combined resources of Tulane University Hospital and Clinics and the Tulane School of Medicine.
The Center for Clinical Neurosciences operates an outpatient clinic located in Tulane Hospital that can be reached at 504-988-5561. Visit online at TulaneNeurosciences.com.