Often called a “brain attack,” a stroke occurs when a blood vessel that brings oxygen to the brain becomes clogged or bursts, stopping the blood supply to part of the brain. The symptoms of a stroke may not be painful, but they should be taken very seriously. You have a much better chance of surviving a stroke if diagnosis and treatment occurs within a couple of hours of the first symptoms.
Warning signs include the sudden onset of:
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should be transported to the emergency room immediately.
Our emergency room has 24/7 access to a neurologist at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., through Allina Health’s telestroke program. When a patient with stroke symptoms arrives at GRHS, we take a brain scan immediately. As soon as results are available, a neurologist at United Hospital uses videoconferencing technology to examine the patient in Glencoe, interpret the brain images and provide recommendations to GRHS physicians. This consultation helps our team to rapidly develop a care plan and administer clot-busting medications before a critical treatment time window closes. It usually takes less than an hour to complete the telestroke evaluation and begin treatment.
The telestroke program saves precious time that might otherwise be spent transporting a patient with stroke symptoms to the Twin Cities for diagnosis. When treatment begins sooner, in Glencoe, patients have a better chance to survive a stroke with fewer long-term side effects.
GRHS has been designated as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health.