At HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland, we always strive to provide our patients with top tier, quick and effective stroke treatment. Our hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
When strokes are promptly identified and medical personnel are notified in a timely manner, our emergency medical staff are able to quickly assemble a team prepared to enact our stroke care plan upon the patient’s arrival. We provide both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke treatment and care for the two predominant types of stroke.
Stroke warning signs
If left untreated or not treated soon enough, strokes can lead to life-long physical, motor or mental impairment, and even loss of life.
Strokes are caused by the disruption of blood flow in the brain, so it is imperative to know the signs and symptoms of someone having a stroke to minimize health risks. Time is critical when recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms, the National Stroke Association says to act F.A.S.T., an acronym representing signs of a stroke and how to react.
- Face – Ask the person to smile. When the person smiles, does one side of his or her face droop?
- Arms – Ask the person to put both of their arms at their sides. Then ask them to raise their arms out in front of them parallel to the floor. Does one arm drift downward when the person tries to raise both arms?
- Speech – Is the person slurring their speech? Can you understand the person when he or she tries to repeat a simple sentence?
- Time – If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 immediately – early recognition of a stroke is essential to increasing odds of survival.
In addition to keeping the F.A.S.T acronym in mind, take into consideration some other signs someone might be experiencing a stroke:
- Sudden onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes or double vision
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss or balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
HCA Houston Healthcare is an accredited Primary Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission. We are committed to improve stroke outcomes for our patients through door-to-needle (DTN) of 60 minutes or less. Rapid treatment with the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) has been demonstrated to improve recovery after a stroke. Through collaboration with local EMS providers, a stroke alert is called while the EMS is out in the field to the hospital. This notifies the hospital of a potential stroke patient so that we can activate our “code stroke” and be ready to begin evaluation and treatment. HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland is continuously working to decrease tPA administration time to less than 60 minutes and currently the average time from arrival to the patient receiving tPA is 51 minutes. A stroke is a life and death emergency-every second counts. Know the warning signs of a stroke and act fast by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
Stroke at HCA Houston Healthcare
A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is either reduced or stopped, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A stroke may cause loss in brain function and affect movement and speech.Learn about Stroke