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How Clot-Busting Drugs Combat Strokes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 13, 2018 11:01:46 AM

Every moment is critical when you’re having a stroke. In fact, the severity of 8 out of 10 strokes can be limited by fast action. If a stroke patient reaches emergency help within 3 hours, a stroke drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can give them a much better chance of survival and recovery.

Unfortunately, public awareness of common stroke symptoms and the benefits of tPA remains low, despite years of efforts by the American Stroke Association and other groups. Surveys show most people still don’t realize that there is a lifesaving drug available - or that it must be administered so quickly.

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Topics: Emergency, Stroke

Why Speed Matters When Someone is Having a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2018 2:48:52 PM

Act FAST. That’s the #1 thing to keep in mind if you suspect someone is having a stroke. Every moment counts, and quick action saves lives. Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of stroke.

The good news is that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented or limited through fast action. In fact, FAST is an acronym for the stroke factors to keep in mind: face, arms, speech, time. Each represents a key set of noticeable symptoms:

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Topics: Stroke

What is Stroke Ready Certification?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2018 2:17:59 PM

Here’s great health news for central Indiana residents: Johnson Memorial Health was awarded Stroke Ready Certification from the Healthcare Facility Accreditation Program (HFAP). This accreditation shows JMH is committed to providing world-class stroke care.

Let’s take a closer look at what this stroke certification means, and how it supports Hoosier health.

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Topics: Stroke

Know the Causes and Signs of a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Nearly everyone knows someone who has had a stroke. It's the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, and a stroke can happen to anyone at anytime. A stroke is a serious medical emergency. Acting fast can prevent more damage from occurring. Stokes can be treated and prevented.  Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented! Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke increase your chances of getting immediate medical help which helps minimize damage and other potential complications. 

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Topics: Stroke

Six Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 24, 2017 7:56:00 AM

The evening news shares lots of great information about preventing cancer and heart disease.

Yet, the third leading cause of death does not get as much attention - until it strikes and devastates the patient and families.

Besides taking 130,000 lives each year, stroke also is the leading cause of disabilities (short and long-term) in the United States. More than 795,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year - with more than 75 percent occurring in people older than age 65.

Stroke survivors often require extensive care, rehabilitation and adaptation to physical and mental challenges.

Understanding the risks is the first step helping prevent strokes. High blood pressure, for example, is a precursor to strokes and is often hereditary. About two-thirds of people over age 65 suffer from hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher).

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Topics: Stroke

Stroke Support Group: Post Care & Recovery Tips

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Recovering from a stroke can be a long and frustrating process. It's normal to face difficulties. Determination to work hard and patience will help you benefit the most from your recovery efforts. A stroke survivors goal is to regain what was lost during the stroke.

The severity of stroke complications, and the area of the brain affected determines how difficult that journey will be. Having a stroke recovery plan will help reduce the stress of the unknown and bring focus to your recovery efforts. 

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Topics: Stroke