Minutes Matter, B.E. F.A.S.T.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when symptoms first appeared. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.
Designated MemorialCare Stroke Receiving Center
MemorialCare is committed to improving stroke care for the community we serve by taking part the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program. We proudly support two stroke-neurology receiving centers for Long Beach and Orange County. Our medical centers offer highly trained medical experts and leading edge technologies that are setting a new standard of care for stroke patients.
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Saddleback Medical Center is part of the “Get with the Guidelines—Stroke” program from the American Stroke Association to provide the most current and effective procedures to improve the overall quality of care for first-time stroke patients and treatments for those who have a history of stroke.
Every minute counts for stroke patients and knowing how to B.E. F.A.S.T. can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need. Potentially life-saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse stroke.
Often, the first step in treating stroke is the administration of a clot-busting intravenous medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Typically administration must occur within three hours of symptom onset.
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Cerebral Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that uses x-rays and an iodine-containing contrast material to produce pictures of blood vessels in the brain. Cerebral angiography may also be called intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IADSA).
Neurodiagnostics analyzes and monitors nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of neurological diseases and conditions. Technologists record electrical activity arising from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves using a variety of techniques and instruments.
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The Comprehensive Stroke Center also has the Division of Neuroradiology (DINR) in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), making it one of California’s most comprehensive centers for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the central nervous system and peripheral vascular malformations.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a stroke receiving center right away.
Stroke Program Outcomes at Long Beach Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center.
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