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Primary Stroke Centers

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital's are designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

This designation demonstrates the commitment of our hospitals to meet the emergent needs of stroke patients through high-quality care and clinical excellence delivered by a comprehensive team of care providers.

Stroke Program Highlights

As a Primary Stroke Center, we have established a number of key elements that allow for a more streamlined approach to caring for stroke patients including:

  • An acute stroke unit
  • Evidence based stroke pathways of care for stroke patients
  • A multidisciplinary team including neurosurgeons, surgeons, emergency department doctors, a stroke coordinator and nurses, follow nationally accepted guidelines, which ensure consistency among all of our patients
  • An integrated emergency response system allows emergency medical service providers to alert the hospital’s stroke team that a stroke patient is coming
  • 24-hour neurology and neuroimaging services

This comprehensive approach to high-quality care for stroke patients ensures rapid assessment, diagnosis, and treatment upon the patient’s arrival to the ED and throughout the care experience.

Stroke Symptoms, Risks and Facts

Stroke Symptoms

Recognize the common stroke symptoms:

  • 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 known cause

Stroke Risk Factors

80% of all strokes are preventable. Controlling your risk factors helps decrease the chance of having a stroke. Learn the risks:

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Being over age 55
  • Being male
  • Being African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Having a family history of stroke

Controllable Risk Factors

Stroke Facts

  • During a stroke, two million brain cells die every minute, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.
  • About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That is about the same amount that fills a football stadium.
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and the number one reason for disability in the U.S.
  • In the U.S., the stroke occurs every 40 seconds and someone dies every 3 minutes. In the state of Maryland, a stroke occurs every 45 minutes and someone dies every 3 hours. (National Stroke Association)

Published research has shown that the rapid and coordinated team approach provided by Primary Stroke Centers leads to the best outcomes for stroke patients.

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