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Athens Regional Stroke Center

When it comes to a stroke, don't take chances. Athens Regional is the only hospital in the area that offers both a Primary Certified Stroke Care Center and a comprehensive cardiac program.

What Is a Stroke?

Also known as "brain attack," stroke is the third leading cause of death and the second leading cause of adult disability in the United States. A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or when a burst blood vessel spills blood into nearby brain cells.

The different kinds of stroke include ischemic, hemorrhagic and transient ischemic attacks, or TIA. Risk factors for stroke include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.

Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke Warning SignsCall 911 right away if you have any of these common stroke signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in 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 waking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Stroke Treatment: Timing is Key

The consequence of a stroke can include problems with thinking and speaking, paralysis, pain, numbness and emotional disorders. Prompt medical treatment of stroke is critical. It's been reported clot-busting drugs administered within three hours of a stroke can be extremely effective. Other treatments include surgery, such as angioplasty and carotid endarterectomy.

The Joint Commission Gold SealPrimary Certified Stroke Care Center

Athens Regional Medical Center is a Primary Certified Stroke Care Center according to The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. This designation recognizes our stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

We have everything stroke patients need -- from treatment and support services to a 24-hour neuro-hospitalist on call 365-days a year and a fulltime RN Stroke Coordinator.

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