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Closings and Delays

Improving Outcomes for Stroke Patients

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Time is Brain

Immediately calling 911 for emergency transportation to WakeMed or the closest acute stroke treatment hospital can improve the chances for a stroke victim to preserve as much normal brain function as possible.

Emergency Care

Once at the hospital, WakeMed’s dedicated stroke team — neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, interventional cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and therapists — work together to provide advanced, timely stroke diagnosis and treatment.

CT Imaging

Computed tomography (CT) imaging is used to quickly identify or rule out bleeding in the brain. MRI offers precise diagnosis but takes much longer than CT and presents some logistical obstacles that can be cumbersome in the setting of acute stroke, where every minute counts. Learn what to expect from a cranial CT scan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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