Stroke Team at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
When a patient arrives in the Emergency Department, the Acute Stroke On-Call Team – consisting of the neurologist, nurses, laboratory staff and imaging technologists – is activated with one call. This multidisciplinary acute stroke team is available 24/7 and begins immediate evaluation to determine the appropriate intervention for the situation.
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.
A stroke may also be called a cerebral vascular accident, or CVA. There are two forms of stroke: ischemic - blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, and hemorrhagic - bleeding into or around the brain.
A transient ischemic stroke (TIA) is a “mini stroke” or “warning stroke.” TIAs happen when an obstruction (blood clot) occurs for a short time, then tends to resolve itself. They produce stroke-like symptoms, but usually no lasting damage. TIAs are strong indicators of a possible major stroke.
The symptoms of a stroke or TIA include:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
- sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- sudden trouble with walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
- sudden severe headache with no known cause
Minutes Count! There are treatments that may reduce the risk of damage from a stroke but only if you get help quickly – within 3 hours from onset of symptoms.
For patients in need of inpatient rehabilitation after a stroke, Dignity Health’s Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento offers an Acute Rehabilitation program to help them develop the skills needed to return to a life of independence.
For more information about stroke care, stroke support groups and community education classes at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, please call the Stroke Program at (530) 274-6771.