Little Company of Mary’s Certified Acute Stroke Program was designed to ensure that Initial Acute Stroke care delivery is provided, based on evidence based practice recommendations specific to the adult patient (18 years or older) population presenting with signs and symptoms of acute stroke/TIA/traumatic brain injury. Care will delivered by a trained Emergency team and/or Rapid Response Team. A custom interdisciplinary plan of care will be delivered throughout the patient’s length of stay at the hospital.
Additionally, certified stroke centers make a commitment for ongoing community education focused on risk factors for stroke, risk factors for medication compliance, stroke prevention, and recognition of signs and symptoms of acute stroke.
A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Brain cells begin to die. While, stroke at a young age might seem out of the ordinary, the reality is that stroke affects people of all ages. Yet, stroke – a leading cause of death and adult disability – is up to 80 percent preventable when risk is properly managed. One reason that stroke incidence is so high is because public awareness of it is very low. That is why National Stroke Association worked to receive a presidential proclamation to recognize May as National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to reach as many people as possible with important facts about stroke.
The first step to preventing stroke is to understand what can lead to it. There are many risk factors. Some are controllable (smoking, drug and alcohol use) and others are uncontrollable (age, family history). High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke and should be checked yearly. Other controllable risk factors include high cholesterol, transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, obesity and heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Ask your doctor for tips on managing your current health conditions to reduce your risk for stroke and visit lcmh.org/stroke learn more.
Warning Signs (download the FAST flyer)
There are many types of warning signs that indicate a person is having a stroke. Most people in the U.S. are unaware of the warning signs and how to respond by calling 9-1-1. Stroke should be treated as an emergency because there is a treatment that can be given within the first three hours after symptoms start. Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you remember to think FAST.
F= Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A=Arms Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S= Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T=Time If you observe any of these signs, then it’s time to call 9-1-1.
Little Company of Mary’s Health Education Dept provides Wake-Up Call Screenings that includes heart disease and stroke early detection utilizing the latest technology of today. By appointments only. To register for the next Wake Up screening on Saturday, May 19 or June 30th, visit lcmh.org/classes or call LCM’s Health Education Center at 708.423.5774
The Wake Up Call Screening is one of the most comprehensive cardiac screenings available.
- blood oxygen level test
- comprehensive blood cholesterol and chemistry level tests
- body composition analysis
- stroke screening/carotid artery ultrasound
- abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound
- peripheral vascular disease screening
Screenings are offered at the Health Education Center for $145 (valued at $900).