Expert Stroke Care in the First Vital Hours
Stroke is a medical emergency, and every minute counts. That's why Renown developed a system for rapidly diagnosing and treating stroke patients when they arrive at the ER. Our neurologists are standing by 24/7.
The Institute for Neurosciences is nationally recognized as a model for other healthcare networks for its work in bringing faster diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients in rural areas.
Nevada's First Certified Primary Stroke Center
The Stroke Center at Renown Institute for Neurosciences was the first in Nevada to earn the Gold Seal of Approval® for stroke care by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The nation's largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting body, The Commission also awarded the Stroke Center its Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers. This achievement is indicative of the Center's success in achieving better outcomes for patients with positive, long-term results and our emphasis on effectively working to meet the specialized needs of stroke victims.
In the United States each year roughly 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. It is the nation's third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today. The Stroke Center provides the latest treatment options and works to educate communities on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. It has been nationally recognized as a model for other healthcare networks for its work to bring faster treatment to stroke patients in rural areas.
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of impending stroke are very specific and occur abruptly. By recognizing the signs and symptoms of impending stroke and taking action, you may be able to avert a stroke or reduce its severity. If you suddenly experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately:
- Numbness and/or weakness in the face, arms and/or legs, on one or both sides of the body
- Blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes
- Difficulty speaking or understanding
- Dizziness, loss of balance, or inability to stand or walk without falling
- Abrupt, severe headache
Many life-saving treatments, including tPA, can speed up recovery from stroke and improve chances of surviving without any major disabilities or long-term symptoms. To be effective, tPA must be administered within the first few hours after the symptoms of stroke appear — the sooner it is administered, the greater the benefit.
Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. And although a stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors increase the chance of a stroke. Access and manage your personal risk with the
Stroke Risk Scorecard.
Stroke Support Groups
Stroke Support Group meetings are designed to help patients and families respond to the stress of a stroke and learn about the recovery process in a supportive, open environment. Attendees can enjoy camaraderie, moral support, and sharing of information and advice from each other and from guest speakers. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month.
For more information, Stroke Support Groups or please call 775-982-2954.
Rehabilitation may be part of recovery from a stroke. Learn more about both inpatient and outpatient services at Renown Rehabilitation Hospital.