On average, someone suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. In all, 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. The statistics are staggering, and make it clear why quick diagnosis and treatment is so important if you think you may be having a stroke. At Chestnut Hill Hospital, we know that a stroke can happen at any time. We’re ready all the time—24 hours a day to provide vital, immediate attention.
Also referred to as a "brain attack", strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. There are two different types:
- Ischemic stroke: when a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain.
- Hemorrhagic stroke: when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissue.
Quick reaction is essential regardless of stoke type, and knowing the signs of a stroke can be the difference between minimal and severe damage.
Know the symptoms:
- Confusion or difficulty speaking/understanding
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face or on one side of the body
- Sudden severe headache
- Unexplained dizziness and/or loss of balance
If you think you are having a stroke, or suspect a loved one is, call 911 immediately.
Impact Of Stroke (Stroke Statistics)
Chestnut Hill Hospital has joined the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN). Through this collaboration, Jefferson and Chestnut Hill Hospital will provide some of the most sophisticated care and expertise available to patients with time-sensitive neurovascular diseases. By joining the JNN, Chestnut Hill Hospital's patients will have access to the resources of a comprehensive stroke center, including:
- The latest clinical protocols and trials
- Community education programs
- Priority transfers for acutely ill patients
- Access to the expertise of experienced neurologists and neurosurgeons in the treatment of patients with neurovascular disease
To find a neurologists or neurosurgeon near you, please use our find a doctor tool
Primary Stroke Center
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