Community Health Network is committed to caring and educating those at risk for cerebrovascular disease, which can cause stroke. Community Hospitals East, South, North and Anderson, and Community Howard Regional Health have all earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM as a Primary Stroke Center by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Certification means standardized stroke care is performed at each hospital.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when the brain does not get oxygen or nutrients that are carried by blood vessels because the vessels get blocked or burst. When this happens nerve cells in the brain start to die. The nerve cells in the brain control other parts of the body; when they die, the body parts they control may lose functionality. Stroke damage is often permanent.
Depending on the type of stroke, people are affected differently. Brain injury from a stroke can affect senses, speech and understanding of speech, mobility, behavior and thought processes as well as emotions and memory. Often individuals experience paralysis or weakness on one side of the body.
Warning Signs of Stroke
Act F.A.S.T. *
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T and do this simple test:
FACE - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME - If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
Don't wait. Call 9-1-1!
If you see even just one of these symptoms, even if it goes away, do not wait, call 9-1-1 immediately. This person may be having a stroke.
*National Stroke Association - www.stroke.org
Stroke Risk Factors
Knowing what the risk factors are for a stroke can lower one’s risk. Some can be controlled, and others cannot be changed. The more risk factors one has, the greater one’s chance of having a stroke.
Risk factors that cannot be changed include age, sex and inherited genetic conditions.
Risk factors that can be changed, treated or controlled with lifestyle changes or medication include:
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- High cholesterol and/or blood pressure
- Diet and nutrition
- Physical inactivity
Stroke Rehabilitation and Support
Comprehensive stroke rehabilitation is offered at Community Rehab Hospital North and Community Rehab Hospital South. Monthly stroke support groups are also available at the north location. They are open to anyone recovering from a stroke.
When: Third Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Community Rehab Hospital North, First Floor Day Room
RSVP: For more information, please call Matthew Ernest at 317-585-5426.
The Neuro Specialty Program offered through Community Physical Therapy and Rehab provides outpatient treatment for adults with acquired neurological disorders, including stroke. To learn more, call 317-621-3000.
Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Achievement Awards
Recipient of the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus achievement award.
Recipient of the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus achievement award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award.
Recipient of the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus achievement award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award.