The Bayhealth Stroke Center offers comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care for people who have had a stroke. In addition, patients at risk for stroke are evaluated and preventative strategies and risk-factor modifications are put into place.
Bayhealth utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to stroke care that includes a stroke certified inpatient rehabilitation facility at our Milford Memorial campus, as well as Outpatient Rehabilitation services and Home Care services.
The Stroke Center has designated critical care and medical surgical units at both Kent General and Milford Memorial. For more information about the Bayhealth Stroke Center, please cal (302) 744-6638.
A stroke is commonly referred to as a “brain attack.” The majority of strokes occur due to arteries being blocked by blood clots or accumulation of plaque and other fatty deposits. Less common, are strokes casued by the rupture of an artery which stops blood flow to the brain.
Stroke is currently the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability. What these staggering statistics don’t reveal is that stroke is largely preventable. Knowing your individual risk factors for stroke is essential to preventing stroke.
Risk factors that are related to lifestyle can be controlled:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation)
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Heavy alcohol use
- Physical inactivity and obesity
- Family history of stroke
Some risk factors are out of your control, such as being over the age of 55, being a male, being African American, and having an immediate family history of stroke. Medical risk factors for stroke are: a previous stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA), high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, atrial fibrillation and carotid artery disease.
Our goal at Bayhealth is to provide national standards of care to our stroke patients in an efficient and compassionate manner. Stroke care is an organized effort that actually begins outside of the hospital in the community. Bayhealth is committed to educating our communities on the warning signs of stroke and what to do once the signs are recognized. Calling 911 immediately upon recognition of signs of stroke can save brain cells and limit brain damage and disability.
WARNING SIGNS OF STROKE
If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don’t delay! Immediately call 911.
Source: American Stroke Association
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