A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Without the oxygen nutrients from your blood, tissues inside the brain begin to die very quickly. Widespread cell death can cause irreversible cognitive and physical changes that affect function and quality of life. Thus, emergency care is necessary to minimize long-term damage and prevent serious complications, including death.
Reduced Damage to Tissues
Your blood is continually circulated throughout your body in order to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs. Without these essential nutrients, tissues can quickly deteriorate and suffer damage. Because strokes cause an interruption in normal blood flow, they can cause permanent tissue damage within a short period of time. The longer your brain cells are left without oxygen and nutrients, the more damage they will suffer and the less function you will recover once treatment is administered. If blood flow to the brain is not restored quickly enough, extensive cell damage can even result in death.
Greater Chance of Survival and Recovery
Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, about 140,000 Americans die as a result of stroke. Additionally, strokes are the top-leading cause of long-term disability. Early stroke treatment can drastically increase the chance of survival and limit the long-term effects of a stroke. Fast treatment can dissolve blood clots quickly, reducing the amount of time the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Studies show that when tissue plasminogen activator treatment is administered within three to four hours, the stroke recovery rate is dramatically improved.
Fast, effective treatment for stroke will improve your chances of a full, healthy recovery. If you have questions or concerns about strokes or other medical emergencies, call (888) 658-1598 to speak with a registered nurse for personalized information or a physician referral. You can find out more about stroke care, emergency care, and more at the 100-bed Englewood Community Hospital when you visit us on the web