When someone suffers a stroke, it means that part of the brain is deprived of much-needed blood flow. Since the brain needs a steady supply of blood and oxygen to survive, getting stroke patients to the hospital quickly is of the utmost importance. When the patient is promptly hospitalized and treated, he or she can enjoy a better recovery with fewer complications. Getting to a hospital right away also enables the doctors at the hospital to administer more effective treatments.
Effective Treatment Options
Although there are different types of stroke, hospital staff most often diagnose patients with ischemic stroke, which means that the condition is caused by a blood clot. In fact, according to the American Stroke Association, 85 percent of all strokes are ischemic. This is significant because the doctors at the hospital can administer a specific type of treatment for ischemic stroke, known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). This treatment is administered intravenously. It works by quickly dissolving the blood clot to restore blood flow to the brain. However, in most patients, this treatment must be given within three hours. Certain patients may receive it up to four and a half hours after suffering a stroke. The sooner a stroke patient gets to the hospital, the more likely it is that he or she can receive this treatment.
Fast Restoration of Blood Flow
Within a mere matter of minutes of being deprived of oxygen, the cells in the brain begin to die off. Thereafter, a staggering number of nerve cells in the brain can die during each minute that blood flow is blocked. Since the brain can’t regenerate these lost nerve cells, it is especially critical that treatment be administered as soon as possible.
Reduced Risk of Complications
With prompt treatment, the patient is less likely to experience debilitating and lasting complications. These complications often include communication challenges, emotional issues, movement difficulties, and behavioral changes.
The skilled team members of the Primary Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital can react quickly during medical emergencies to save lives. For more information about our hospital services and staff, call our Miami hospital at (305) 854-4400 to speak with a nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.