The Stroke Center at Valley Hospital

The Stroke CenterA Primary Stroke Center Accredited by The Joint Commission

When patients come to The Stroke Center at Valley Hospital, they can benefit from a range of specially designed services and treatment programs that focus on:

  • Prevention and intervention
  • Education
  • Active management of strokes by a multidisciplinary medical team
  • Rehabilitation

By providing comprehensive stroke care, The Stroke Center can help patients address a number of physical, emotional and lifestyle issues.

Our Stroke Response Team is immediately deployed to evaluate and treat stroke emergencies. Our team-based approach enables us to provide streamlined treatment and services that can help improve patient outcomes. Your team may include emergency physicians and nurses, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and case managers.

Within hours of your initial diagnosis, you’ll be given a designated stroke care plan to help ensure that you receive the medical attention you need for the best possible outcome. When you are ready for discharge, our case managers will help arrange for any rehabilitation services you may need to help you continue your journey to recovery.

Enhance Your Stroke Awareness

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, following diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer. The statistics are frightening: approximately 700,000 Americans have strokes each year and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.

What is stroke?
Stroke occurs when there is an interruption in the flow of blood to cells in the brain. Deprived of oxygen from the blood, the cells die. A stroke occurs when 1) a blockage of an artery prevents blood from reaching cells in the brain or 2) an artery ruptures inside or outside the brain, causing hemorrhage.

There are two kinds of strokes: Ischemic strokes are the most common. They occur when an artery is blocked and blood flow to the brain is stopped.

Hemorrhagic strokes occur through the rupture of either an artery outside the brain or an aneurysm (a blood-filled bulge in the artery wall) at the base of the brain. Twenty percent of all strokes suffered are hemorrhagic strokes.

Warning Signs of Possible Stroke
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience, or if you witness someone else experiencing, the following:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty 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

Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Find out if you have heart disease, especially an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AF), and get treatment
  • Find out if you have diabetes and get treatment
  • Don’t smoke
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Limit your alcohol use
  • Control your weight
tPA has been shown to be effective in treating ischemic strokes.