“Code stroke” is initiated when REMSA first responders or nurses in the Emergency Room notice signs of a stroke in a patient. This emergency process alerts and activates a team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers who are specially trained to care for stroke patients. Our rapid stroke response ensures patients receive optimal care as quickly as possible.
Stroke Bridge Program
In the aftermath of a stroke, continued expert care can make all the difference for improving outcomes for patients. The Stroke Bridge Program gives you access to convenient follow-up care, by directly linking to specialist care close to home.
Telestroke provides real-time communication between rural doctors and our brain and nerve specialists here in Reno, removing the barriers for long-distance care. We can now provide care faster and save precious time and brain tissue; giving every stroke patient the best possible opportunity for recovery. We can also administer life-saving medications should they be needed.
Recognizing Stroke Symptoms
Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
The easiest way to remember how to spot a stroke and get the appropriate treatment is the "B.E. F.A.S.T." acronym.
Types of Stroke
An aneurysm is a bulging section in the wall of a blood vessel that has become stretched out and thin. As the wall of the blood vessel bulges out, it becomes weaker and may burst or rupture, causing bleeding.
If an aneurysm in the brain bursts, it may cause a stroke. An aneurysm in a vessel that carries a lot of blood, such as the aorta, is often fatal if it bursts.
An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain. This means that blood cannot flow to some part of the brain. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, this part of the brain starts to die.
The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain cannot work properly
A hemorrhagic stroke develops when a blood vessel (artery) in the brain leaks or bursts (ruptures). This causes bleeding:
- Inside the brain tissue (intracerebral hemorrhage).
- Near the surface of the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage or subdural hemorrhage).
A common cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage is the rupture of an aneurysm. Hemorrhagic strokes are not as common as strokes caused by a blood clot (ischemic strokes). But hemorrhagic strokes cause death more often than ischemic strokes.