May is Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is an emergency where EVERY MINUTE COUNTS! Remember to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Facial droop; Uneven smile
Arm: Arm numbness; Arm weakness
Speech: Slurred speech; Difficulty speaking or understanding
Time: Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately
If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke, we invite you to join our support group. For additional information, please call (859) 572-3120.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare Receives Recertification as Primary Stroke Center
Elizabeth Edgewood, Covington, Ft. Thomas and Florence have all earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care and Primary Stroke Center Recertification by The Joint Commission. This distinction was earned after an on-site review was conducted at each location in August and October. To read more about the recertification please click here.
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptures which stops brain cells from receiving the blood flow that they need. When brain cells are damaged, the part of the body that they control can no longer function as it used to. Every stroke is different and the effects depend on the area of the brain affected and the length of time those cells are without oxygen. In some cases, a clot-busting drug can be administered to diminish the effects of a stroke. There is only a three hour window for when this drug can be administered.
Dealing with Life After Stroke and Brain Injuries
Jenny Brown loves the intricate patchwork involved in quilting, and she's clearly become quite skilled in the craft. But over the last several years, it's the pieces of her life she's worked hardest to patch back together, after a series of hemorrhagic strokes nearly killed her in 2010... Click here to read Jenny's story.
The services for stroke care at St. Elizabeth Healthcare extend from prevention to diagnosis to treatment and to rehabilitation. Our stroke services include: