According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke-610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for those aged 65 and older, the percentage is even higher. Stroke is the number four cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
At Washington Health System Orthopedics and Neurosciences, we are committed to implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. We have developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain-imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations, and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
The Center consistently follows the stroke guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association, including aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. Furthermore, these guidelines ensure that patients, once admitted, are treated and discharged appropriately. Alignment with these guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.