Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 if you or a loved one has signs of stroke.
Do not drive yourself, and go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Don’t let a stroke mean the end of your independence and quality
of life. The team at Memorial Health System offers comprehensive care
— from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up care. We have the expertise,
technology and resources to minimize damage, help recover your health
and functioning, and make the most of your capabilities so you can get
back to your life.
Lake Charles Memorial is a Primary Stroke Center
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s
Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary
Stroke Certification. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation
with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.
The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
The Joint Commission measured Memorial against national standards for the
care of stroke patients including: door to CT scan time, how quickly patients
received tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) – a clot-busting medication,
how quickly patients are transferred who need clot retrieval procedures,
and the quality of care administered within those time frames and through
discharge. Memorial met these guideline standards thanks to the interdisciplinary
team’s use and development of written care protocols, education
programs, quality reviews and performance improvement activities across
the health system.
Symptoms of a Stroke: BE FAST!
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Time is Critical. Call 911!
A stroke happens when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death.
It only takes a few minutes for cells to start dying, so time is critical.
A stroke is a medical emergency that can cause lasting brain damage, long-term
disability or even death.
There are two types of stroke —
hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is by far the most common and happens when an artery
that supplies blood to part of the brain becomes blocked, often by a blood
clot. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain leaks blood
or ruptures (bursts). The pressure from the leaked blood damages brain
cells. High blood pressure and aneurysms are often the cause of hemorrhagic stroke.
Your risk for stroke is higher if you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a lot of fat around your abdomen
- Have diabetes
- Are not physically active
- Have an unhealthy diet
- Have more than 30 drinks per month
- Have heart disease
- Are depressed or under great stress
- Have migraine headaches
Women may be at higher risk if they:
- Are pregnant
- Take birth control pills
- Use hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Symptoms can depend on the part of the brain that is affected. Classic
symptoms of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one
side of the body
- Sudden confusion
- Trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
Women may not always have the classic signs of stroke, so symptoms can
be mistaken for something else. Our team is highly experienced in recognizing
and treating strokes in women.
Women’s symptoms can be vague and may include:
- Loss of consciousness or fainting
- General weakness
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Confusion, unresponsiveness or disorientation
- Sudden behavioral change
- Nausea or vomiting
If blood flow to part of the brain is only temporarily blocked, the result
is a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or “mini-stroke.” We
provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and care for TIA, and will
take steps to help prevent strokes in your future.
Stroke Survivors Support Group
Get together each month to learn about local services offered, provide
support strategies, tips for enhancing your recovery, and hear stories
from fellow stroke survivors. Come and enjoy activites and get to know
other stroke survivors like you. Family members are welcome. This group
meets on the first Thursday of every month in the MOB II Conference Room
at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Oak Park Boulevard. Please call 337-494-3150
with any questions.
Click here to learn more about Memorial's TeleStroke Program.