Urgent care for strokes reduces the risk of long-term complications, permanent disability, and
loss of life. Neurologist, Raul Guisado, of Regional Medical Center of
San Jose explains in
this video why stroke patients need to get to the ER for stroke care as soon as symptoms
appear. Here is what you need to know:
Identifying a Stroke
Strokes are sometimes referred to as brain attacks because they share similar
causes and risk factors. The majority of strokes are ischemic strokes,
which are caused by blood clots that reduce or completely block blood
flow to the brain, starving the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients.
Hemorrhagic strokes, which are less common, are the result of blood vessels
bursting in the brain. The third kind of stroke is known as a transient
ischemic attack, or TIA. TIAs are sometimes referred to as mini-strokes
because the blockage resolves itself and symptoms stop on their own. TIAs
still require emergency care for diagnosis and because they often indicators
of an impending large stroke.
Finding the Right Care
Stroke care focuses on either removing the blockage or stopping the bleeding
in the brain. Brain tissue dies every second it is not receiving the necessary
supply of blood, so the sooner doctors can restore that flow, the less
damage you will experience. Some effective stroke treatments only work
for a short window of time, so delaying care could mean losing out on
the best treatment options. Depending on the part of the brain affected
by the stroke, loss of mobility, vision, speech, and cognitive ability
are all possible, as is the loss of life. With early intervention and
supportive rehabilitation in the aftercare stage, stroke patients have
the best chance of recovery.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is certified by the Joint Commission as a
Comprehensive Stroke Center, which means we meet strict criteria for providing most advanced stroke
care possible. Dial 911 when you need urgent stroke care in San Jose,
or call us today at (888) 762-8881 for more information about our stroke
program and neurology department.