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What is Stroke?

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability. However, researchers have found that too few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke. A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. A stroke can cause you to permanently lose speech, movement and memory. 

There are two types of stroke, hemorrhagic and ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, in fact only 15 percent of all strokes are hemorrhagic, but they are responsible for about 40 percent of all stroke deaths.

A hemorrhagic stroke is either a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. Blood spills into or around the brain, creating swelling and pressure and damaging brain cells and tissue.

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This causes blood not to reach the brain. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for this type of stroke. Ischemic strokes account for nearly 90% of all strokes.

What is Cerebrovascular Disease?

The term cerebrovascular disease includes all disorders in which an area of the brain is temporarily or permanently affected by ischemia (lack of sufficient blood flow) or bleeding, and one or more of the cerebral blood vessels is involved in the disease process. Restrictions in blood flow may occur from vessel narrowing (stenosis), clot formation (thrombosis), blockage (embolism) or blood vessel rupture (hemorrhage). Ischemia affects brain tissue and may cause a stroke.

Cerebrovascular disease includes the following conditions:

Preventing and Treating Stroke

Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Stroke can happen to anyone—at any time, at any age. Educating yourself about stroke prevention is the first step in saving your life and the life of your loved ones.

Certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke. If you have identified personal risk factors, work with your healthcare provider to reduce your personal risk. Prevent stroke happening to you or others by following these guidelines:

  1. Identifying your personal risk by reviewing stroke risk factors.
  2. Reduce your stroke risk by making lifestyle changes and medication, if necessary.
  3. Remember FAST: Face, Arms, Speech, Time. Recognizing the symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 can lead to quicker treatment and a better recovery. Time lost is brain lost.

The average treatment rate at the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute - Comprehensive Stroke Center is 20-25% versus the national average of about 10%.

About the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute - Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Joint CommissionThe Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke Program has held the Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2008. This certification is a guarantee to our patients that they will receive a consistently high level of quality, based on effective data-driven performance improvement that reduces the risk of error and improves stroke outcomes.

In addition, the State of Texas has designated CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in the East Texas region. Hospitals that receive the designation work in partnership with local emergency medical services to ensure timely care for stroke patients, reduce the burden of stroke and improve survival outcomes.

These designations ensure that our patients receive top-quality stroke care from board-certified, fellowship-trained neurologists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and related cerebrovascular disorders. The difference in the quality of care we provide shows in the lives of our former patients and their families.

Interventional Procedure Outcomes

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler has successfully treated strokes by allowing blood to flow through previously blocked vessels using state-of-the-art devices that remove the clot and decrease the disabilities caused by stroke in 92.8% of our patients (TICI-post treatment reperfusion grade). In addition, 60% of our patients treated with tPA (clot busting medicine) or Mechanical Embolectomy (clot retrieval) return to a functionally independent standard of living within three (3) months of discharge.

Code STROKE Program

Certified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, our highly-skilled team, in partnership with Tyler Neurosurgical Associates and Tyler Radiology Associates, have the experience and knowledge required to deliver unrivaled stroke care that before now was not available 24|7 anywhere between Dallas and Houston.

Code STROKE Program Includes:

  • Dedicated and specialized stroke team composed of Neurology-trained ICU nurses, Neurohospitalists, Neurologists, Neuro-interventional Radiologists, Neurosurgeons, Emergency Physicians and support staff
  • Curb-side attendance to ensure rapid and efficient care anytime day or night
  • Comprehensive treatment options for strokes, subarachnoid hemorrhages, aneurysms and neurovascular disorders
  • State-of-the-art imaging including CT, MRI and Angiography
  • Swift, consistent and uncomplicated transfer process that is just one call away 866.634.7363
  • Patient outcomes communicated back to transferring facilities in a timely manner

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