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What is a stroke?
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When this occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die due to a lack of oxygen and nutrients needed to function. There are two kinds of stroke. Ischemic strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 80% of all strokes are ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by the breaking and bleeding of a blood vessel in the brain.
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
What should you do if you sense someone is having a stroke?
What are the risk factors of Stroke?
What are we doing at The Chester County Hospital?
The Hospital has earned Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. This certification process examines pre-hospital Emergency Medical Systems and Emergency Department and inpatient clinical practice guidelines, policies and protocols. With a designation of being a Primary Stroke Center, the Hospital is seen as a "Hospital of Distinction" and recognized for its superior quality and safety measures.
The Hospital has also joined the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines For Stroke program to help ensure continuous quality improvement for stroke treatment and prevention. Hospital champions lead, develop and mobilize teams to implement treatment and discharge guidelines for patients. The Hospital achieved the Bronze "Get with the Guidelines" Award from the American Heart Association.
Last Updated: 5/4/2010