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When it comes to a stroke, every second counts

Nearly two million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated.

“Rapid access to treatment can mean the difference between a full recovery and permanent disability,” said Christopher Davison, MD, director of Emergency Medicine at Greenwich Hospital.

“It’s crucial to call 9-1-1 at the first sign of a stroke to receive timely treatment. First responders notify the hospital, which enables us to activate a stroke alert. Our neurologists, neurosurgeons, diagnostic technologists and emergency personnel are ready before the ambulance arrives,” said Dr. Davison.

The Emergency Department also has an onsite diagnostic imaging suite to expedite the process.

“The coordinated care continues throughout the patient’s hospital stay,” said Sheryl Feldheim, stroke program coordinator.

The team includes neurologists, a neurovascular interventionist, neurosurgeons, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, along with speech, physical and occupational therapists.

“We are all readily engaged in the evaluation, assessment and treatment of stroke patients,” said Feldheim, noting that the hospital’s high-quality stroke care program earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award.

Warning Signs of a Stroke

B – Sudden loss of balance
E – Loss of vision in one or both eyes
F – Face drooping
A – Arm or leg weakness
S – Speech difficulty
T – Time to call 9-1-1