See a sign of Stroke? Call 911 now
When you call 911 for someone who might be having a stroke you might be saving their life. Thanks to new treatments in recent years, its's possible for a stroke patient who gets care quickly to not only survive to avoid serious disability. Fast treatment means they're more likely to return home to family and routines.
It is important to get to the Hospital Quickly
Knowing the signs of a stroke could save your life.
To discuss or evaluate your heart health call Memorial's Heart Lung and Vascular Clinic (509) 248-7715
- In 2018, 1 in every 6 deaths from cardiovascular disease was due to stroke.
- Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.
- Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
- About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
- About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
If a stroke is caused by a blockage, and the type and location can be determined within three hours patients are often treated with a medication known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator). This medication for many patients can dissolve clots and stop or reduce the damage from stroke.
Having a timely consultation with a neurologist can help beat the clock for many people who have had a stroke. Yakima Valley Memorial staff can access a neurologist at Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle through telemedicine-based technology; ensuring that patients receive around-the-clock access to specialists without traveling away from home. Some patients with complex stroke and other acute health-care needs may be transferred to Seattle for a higher level of care.
The Team Includes:
- Emergency Medicine Physicians
- Specially-trained nurses
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Case Managers
- Rehabilitation Specialists
- Neuro-Hospitalist via Telehealth
- Interventional Neurologist
- Emergency Department at Memorial is a 25-bed unit staffed by 75 specialists who treat more than 89,000 patients a year.
- Yakima Valley Memorial's TeleStroke program provides the latest in emergency stroke services by combining the medical expertise of our larger partner with emergency care right here in Yakima.
- Heart and Vascular Lab performs diagnostic and treatment services, enabling hospital staff to treat most patients who may have suffered a heart attack.
- Vascular Surgery Surgery of the carotid artery is performed when the major arteries in your neck become narrowed or blocked. These arteries, called the carotid arteries, supply your brain with blood. Your carotid arteries extend from your aorta in your chest to your brain.
- Advanced Care Unit: offers 52 beds providing cardiac monitoring by highly trained staff.
- Home Health Services reaches out to those who need nursing care, rehabilitation and/or therapy—all provided in the comfort of your home. Home health care is a skilled, personalized service provided to patients of all ages where they live, including assisted living or group home settings.
- Anticoagulation Management Services are provided for stroke patients who are prescribed blood thinning drugs such as Coumadin or Warfarin. These drugs must be closely monitored by pharmaceutical technicians to ensure patients are receiving appropriate dosages.
- Educational Services offers classes and courses on many diseases and medical challenges faced by our community. Many of these courses and events are free or have a nominal cost.
Stroke Support Group
Meets third Thursday of each month
11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free. Registration not necessary
For more information, please call (206)-341-0141
For more information, please call (206)-341-0141 Or Visit www.virginiamason.org/stroke
Virginia Mason offers a free Virtual Stroke Support Group every month for stroke survivors, their families and caregivers. These sessions promote caring environments virtually among a supportive group of individuals and professionals who understand the stroke recovery journey. You will be able to share your story, ask questions, and hear how others are managing their own challenges and celebrating their achievements.
In our virtual group sessions, we will have a variety of speakers such as physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, physicians and authors.
We offer tips and tools for managing daily activities. Topics have included acupuncture, yoga, relaxation, humor, transportation and returning to driving.
Yakima Valley Memorial has been providing care to members of our community for 70 years.
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