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 of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.
Even though strokes are the leading cause of long-term adult disability and the number five killer in America, many people are not able to recognize the signs and symptoms when stroke strikes. People may also not realize that with a stroke, time lost is brain lost.
A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot or ruptures. During a stroke blood flow is cut off, brain tissue is starved for oxygen and parts of the brain die. The more time that passes between when a stroke starts and a person receives treatment increases the chances for brain function to be permanently lost. This is why when a stroke strikes it is critical that the person experiencing symptoms receives medical attention and an accurate diagnosis fast.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center encourages everyone to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke with B.E. F.A.S.T.
Recognizing the B.E. F.A.S.T. symptoms, calling 911 and noting the time of the first symptom can improve chances of stroke recovery and even save a life.
Ask your physician for tips on managing your current health conditions to reduce your risk for stroke. Take charge of your health, so you not only know how to reduce your risk, but can recognize the signs of stroke.
Within approximately 15 minutes of arrival at Saddleback Medical Center’s Emergency Department, stroke patients have a board-certified neurologist at their bedside thanks to highly advanced technology. The patient and specialist, or tele-neurologist, can see and hear one another through high-definition video conferencing. Tele-neurologists can perform a complete examination and decide quickly on a course of treatment, 24 hours a day, just as if they were at the patient’s bedside.
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. When tPA is appropriate, stroke patients at Saddleback Medical Center receive the drug immediately. When given promptly, 1 in 3 patients who receive tPA resolve their symptoms or see major improvement.
However, for some stroke patients, tPA is not appropriate or is not enough, and a more complex surgical intervention is required to remove a clot or stop bleeding in the brain.
Saddleback Medical Center provides advanced treatment to stroke patients 24/7. We offer the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques using state-of-the-art technology. Since every minute counts, our advanced level of care is monumental because it helps save lives and minimizes disabilities.
Though a new partnership with UC Irvine Health, Saddleback Medical Center has added to its team of world-class neurointerventional and neurosurgery physicians and surgeons. The team provides exceptional, university-level care to South Orange County residents. Patients get everything they need under one roof, when they need it the most.
Saddleback Medical Center has outstanding teams in the emergency department and biplane catheterization lab where stroke patients receive life-saving care. After patients have been treated, we have highly-skilled intensive care and rehabilitation teams that help patients recover.
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. The program employs proven, evidence-based treatment guidelines—including those developed by the American Stroke Association, American Heart Association and Brain Attack Coalition.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Saddleback Medical Center for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance on at least 5 of the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
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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.
More than 700,000 Americans will suffer a stroke—or “brain attack”—this year. Of this number, 200,000 will be recurrent strokes. A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. A stroke occurs when an area of the brain doesn't get the blood it needs.
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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.
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).
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Stroke Program Outcomes at Long Beach Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center.
Within approximately 15 minutes of arrival at Saddleback Medical Center’s Emergency Department, stroke patients have a board-certified neurologist at their bedside thanks to highly advanced technology.
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