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For questions regarding stroke care at Adena call 740-542-6797.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. It only takes 12 minutes for a pea-size portion of the brain to die during a stroke. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the risk for permanent disability and death. But, the good news is that more than 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Understanding the causes and warning signs of a stroke could save a life.

Stroke Care at Adena Health System

Adena Regional Medical Center, is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has an established protocol that provides best results for patients to greatly reduce chances of disability. As a Primary Stroke Center,hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.  

For patients who’ve had an ischemic stroke, getting a drug treatment called tPA within 3 to 4½ hours of the onset of symptoms is essential. The best stroke centers in the country have processes in place to ensure that stroke patients are evaluated and treated as quickly as possible.

The stroke team at Adena includes neurologists, emergency physicians, nurses, social workers, a hospitalist, pharmacy staff, radiology and lab technicians, and rehabilitation experts.

Thanks to telemedicine, Adena’s neurologists also can videoconference with physicians at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center when a second opinion is needed. Patients who qualify for tPA treatment receive the medication at Adena and if necessary, can be transferred to OSU, where neurosurgery is available.

Using the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines indicators helps the stroke team monitor its response time and continue to improve. Hospitals are expected to meet the goals in the guidelines at least 85 percent of the time, and Adena consistently far exceeds that target for most measures.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is essentially a brain attack that occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off and causes lack of oxygen to brain tissue. 

When brain cells do not get oxygen, they die, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. A delay in treatment increases the risk of permanent brain damage or even death.

Strokes can be one of the most devastating emergency conditions that can strike. But they don’t have to be. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke, and getting care quickly gives you the best possibility of restoring full health. 

Stroke Risk Factors 

Anyone can have a stroke, at any age, at any time. Most strokes can be prevented by keeping medical conditions under control and making positive lifestyle changes. 

Once these factors have been identified, it is best to work with your health care provider to establish how you can reduce your risk. 

Medical Risk Factors:

-      High Blood Pressure 

-      High Cholesterol

-       Heart Disease

Lifestyle Risk Factors: 

-   Tobacco Use

-    Physical Activity

-    Diet 

Recognize: What are Symptoms of a Stroke? 

-     Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, particularly on one side

-    Confusion, trouble speaking

-     Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of coordination 

-      Sever headache with unknown cause 

Respond: What to do if you expect stroke?

Knowing your risk factors is only half the battle. Strokes can happen suddenly, anytime and anywhere. If you think you or someone else may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.

F- Face 

Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

A- Arms

Ask the person to raise both arms, Does one arm drift downward?

S- Speech

Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred? 


If you see any of these signs call 9-1-1 right away.

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