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We are committed to clinical excellence through providing patient centered, quality care for the specialized needs of the stroke patient, ensuring a better outcome for the patient.
Although stroke is a disorder of the brain, its effects can be seen throughout the entire body. Ranging from mild to severe, complications can include paralysis/weakness, speech and swallowing difficulties, memory loss, coordination difficulties, vision loss, and emotional problems. Patients may also experience pain or numbness after a stroke.
Augusta Health's Stroke Team is an interdisciplinary that works throughout the hospital to provide quality care for all stroke patients. We have been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Resulting from a lack of blood supply to the brain or bleeding in the brain, a stroke can strike a person of any age. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke and seeking immediate medical care may minimize the injury to the brain and the level of disability. Some signs and symptoms of a stroke may include but are not limited to:
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one eye or both
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or trouble walking
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of body.
Every 45 seconds someone in our nation will have a stroke. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and the #1 cause of long term disability.