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When A Stroke Strikes, Seconds Count — Choose Bon Secours

Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke in the United States and within minutes, brain cells begin to die. That is why Bon Secours relies on the quick response of EMS teams to ensure early treatment can be delivered to save lives and reduce the effects of stroke.

Choose Bon Secours for the best in comprehensive emergency stroke treatment.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital is the only non-academic facility to earn the highest level of stroke care certification in Virginia as a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center. And every Bon Secours hospital in Richmond is a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Care Center, recognized for excellence and outcomes.

Experts at Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute treat strokes caused by a blood clot by administering clot-busting medications and with advanced neuroendovascular procedures to mechanically remove a clot from a blood vessel in the brain. Doctors may also treat an aneurysm-related stroke with neurointerventional surgery.

In the Emergency Room

Specific diagnostic tests are conducted as soon as a stroke patient arrives in the emergency room, including physical exams and a battery of tests to learn the cause and the extent of the stroke.

A CT scan to help identify the specific type of stroke the patient has had is one of the most important tests conducted to determine the best treatment for the patient moving forward. Additional tests may include blood tests and an ECG.

In addition to tests, blood pressure and body fluid balance are watched closely.  Patients may have an intravenous (IV) line inserted and oxygen provided. Patients are observed closely for signs of confusion, drowsiness and headache, which are early symptoms of increased brain pressure. The patient may be given medicine to prevent or treat this condition.

Strokes may also affect a patient’s ability to swallow. For this reason patients are not allowed to take any medication or food by mouth, including ice chips, until it is clear that he or she is able to swallow. Aspiration pneumonia can occur in patients when swallowing has been affected by the stroke and food or liquids are going into the lungs. Swallowing scans and evaluations are vital to help prevent this from occurring.

How to recognize a stroke

Be Fast
  • B
    Balance
  • E
    Eyes
  • F
    Face
    drooping
  • A
    Arm
    weakness
  • S
    Speech
    difficulty
  • T
    Time to
    call 911