Why choose HealthONE for stroke treatment?
During a stroke, every second counts. The longer a stroke goes untreated by a neurologist or ER doctor, the more brain cells the victim loses and the less likely the victim will make a full recovery. At HealthONE emergency rooms in Denver, we act fast when treating patients suffering a stroke. Our network of hospitals include the region’s most comprehensive stroke centers, and are staffed by world-class neurologists.
Our convenient emergency room locations throughout the metro Denver area mean you are always close to the highest level of stroke care in the region.
What is a stroke?
When a stroke occurs, the brain’s blood supply is interrupted either because of a blockage or hemorrhaging. Most cases of stroke are designated as ischemic, meaning the normal flow of blood to the brain has been interrupted by a blockage in the vessel walls. Far less common are hemorrhagic strokes, which occur when a weak blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain tissue. This puts pressure on other vessel walls, preventing the flow of blood to the brain.
In either case, a stroke causes damage or death to brain tissue within minutes, resulting in a variety ofsymptoms such as loss of bodily function and vision. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the more brain cells die and the chances of a patient making full recovery are significantly decreased.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, call 911 or have someone drive you to the ER closest to you.
Symptoms of a stroke
- Muscular: difficulty walking, paralysis with weak muscles, problems with coordination, stiff muscles, overactive reflexes or paralysis of one side of the body
- Visual: blurred vision, double vision, sudden visual loss or temporary loss of vision in one eye
- Speech: difficulty speaking, slurred speech or speech loss
- Sensory: pins and needles or reduced sensation of touch
- Limbs: numbness or weakness
- Facial: muscle weakness or numbness
- Whole body: balance disorder, fatigue or lightheadedness
Other common symptoms include difficulty swallowing, headache, inability to understand, mental confusion, numbness or rapid involuntary eye movement.