St. Charles Hospital is a New York State Department of Health designated Stroke Center. This designation means the hospital and staff passed a rigorous inspection by the Department of Health and have special education in the care of stroke patients. It also means medications and equipment needed to provide expert stroke care are immediately available at St. Charles.
In addition, St. Charles Hospital has earned a stroke quality award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association every year since 2009 and holds Advanced Certification in Stroke from the Joint Commission.
When a stroke does occur, St. Charles Hospital's Stroke Team is ready to provide immediate intervention utilizing the most advanced diagnostic techniques including CT Scan, MRI and electronencephalogram. Clot busting medications are administered to appropriate patients.
After stroke, one of the most challenging issues that patients face is regaining mobility. St. Charles Hospital's renowned Rehabilitation Department provides the most highly skilled rehabilitation in the region including physical, occupational and speech therapy. Advanced technology includes IREX, a virtual reality game that works on balance and coordination and NESS H200, a brace like device that fits over the forearm and hand and utilizes electrical stimulus that contract muscles in the hand allowing patients to grasp objects once again.
What is a stroke?
It is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain caused by a blockage of arteries to the brain or by bleeding into brain tissue.
The signs of a stroke depend on the side of the brain that is affected. Each person may have different warning signs. The most common sign is a sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body. Other signs include:
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone you know has these signs, call 911 and get medical help immediately.
For more information on the Stroke Program at St. Charles or for information on a free support group, please call (631) 474-6797.