Stroke, which leads to the death of more than 128,000 people each year, is the leading cause of long-term disability.
Rapid diagnosis and prompt treatment are critical to help save a life or minimize long-term disability.
Outcomes are greatly improved when a person having a stroke is treated at a Stroke Center, such as those located at Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West or Memorial Hospital Pembroke.
A stroke or brain attack is like a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted, and the heart is deprived of oxygen. Similarly, a brain attack occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, and the brain is deprived of oxygen.
Quickly restoring blood flow to the affected area of the brain is vital in minimizing the long-term effects of a stroke and reducing complications.
Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Pembroke have all obtained the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, as Primary Stroke Centers. Our Primary Stroke Centers are able to diagnose and treat patients sustaining an ischemic stroke (blood clot in the brain) with clot-busting medication within one hour of arrival. At each of the hospitals, there is a multidisciplinary team of staff and physicians caring for patients who have sustained a stroke.