Southern Ocean Medical Center is a designated Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health. As a Primary Stroke Center, our stroke team is trained to provide timely, thorough treatment to stroke patients.
At Southern Ocean’s Primary Stroke Center, patients receive the best possible care, including:
- Full-time coverage by our rapid-response stroke team,which consists of a neurologist, emergency physician, hospitalist, and specially trained registered nurses.
- Access to medication that can be administered within a three-hour window of stroke symptom onset in our Emergency Department or Critical Care Unit for inpatient stroke emergencies.
- 24 hour access to comprehensive diagnostic equipment, including laboratory testing and CT scan.
- Multidisciplinary care, including speech and language pathology, physical and occupational therapy, and case management.
If you experience any of the following symptoms of stroke, you should call 911 immediately:
- Sudden weakness or numbness in 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 known cause
When stroke symptoms begin, it is important to remember F.A.S.T:
F – weakness or numbness in the FACE
A – weakness or numbness in the ARM
S – trouble with SPEECH
T – TIME – the sooner you get to an Emergency Department, the more opportunity you have to survive and recover from stroke.
When someone has a stroke:
During a stroke, the flow of blood to the brain is blocked. When the brain does not get the oxygen it needs, nerve cells in the brain begin to die within minutes, affecting a patient’s speech, movement and memory. There are two types of stroke:
- Ischemic Stroke: The most common, an ischemic stroke, is caused by a clot that blocks the flow of blood in an artery that brings blood and oxygen to the brain.
- Hemorrhagic: The less common, hemorrhagic stroke, happens when a blood vessel on the brain’s surface ruptures and bleeds into the space between the brain and the skull.
Clot-busting medication that is given within three hours after the initial onset of symptoms can greatly improve survival and recovery from an ischemic stroke. That’s why it’s so important to recognize the warning signs and get to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
Risk factors for stroke include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat)
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Family history of stroke
Rehabilitation following stroke is an important part of helping patients regain mobility and improve their quality of life. Inpatient rehabilitation is available at Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Transitional Care Unit. What’s more, care is provided in the home through Southern Ocean Home Health, and outpatient physical therapy is available at four convenient locations throughout southern Ocean County.
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