Stroke is a medical emergency that people often do not take seriously enough. Time is of the utmost importance. If you or a loved one is having the signs or symptoms of a stroke (listed below) it is imperative that you act on it right away. The staff at WCMH-A is here for you 24/7, and with the introduction of eStroke technology, the chances of a good outcome have been enhanced. eStroke is a visual and audio connection with a neurologist in the Sioux Falls area. With just a push of a button we are in touch with a neurologist that can review your symptoms and make suggestions for interventions. They can assist in making a full diagnosis with the use of a scale for assessing just how extensive your stroke is, then will recommend appropriate medical treatment. You have a timeline of three hours from the first onset of symptoms that will allow the doctors to use tPa (also know as a “clot buster” medication). Not all strokes allow us to use this medication. For example: if your stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain, this medication cannot be used. You need a CT scan (located in the facility) to determine which type of stroke you are having, then the doctors can proceed accordingly.
Stroke signs and symptoms (taken from the American Heart Association):
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no know cause
As was stated above, time is very important. You can improve your chances of a good outcome by acting on these symptoms as soon as they appear. So do not wait around and “see what develops”. Let the caring staff of WCMH-A, and the eStroke, help you.