If a stroke is caused by a blockage and the type and location can be determined within three hours; patients are often treated with a medication known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator). In some patients, this medication can dissolve clots and stop or reduce the damage from stroke.
For some complex cases, having a timely neurological consult can help beat the clock. Through telemedicine-based technology, Yakima staff can access neurological experts at Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle. This live, video-conferencing system, Telestroke, ensures patients receive around-the-clock access to specialists without traveling away from home »
The Team Includes:
- Emergency Medicine Physicians
- Vascular Surgeons
- Nurses specially trained in stroke care
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Case Managers
- Rehabilitation Specialists
Stroke? Think F.A.S.T.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are their words slurred?
If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 9-1-1 immediately.