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A Message from Our Stroke Center Director
McLaren Greater Lansing’s Stroke Center:
"Treating Stroke As Aggressively as Heart Disease"
Stroke Center Medical Director Jayne Ward, D.O ., has on her boxing gloves, and is determine to "knock-down" stroke. "You’ve got to give stroke a hard 1-2 punch; otherwise, stroke robs patients of the opportunity for rapid recovery of function, mobility and independence. That’s why we established a Stroke Center at McLaren Greater Lansing."
The Stroke Center features:
- A dedicated unit just for stroke patients;
- An educated, multidisciplinary team of physicians, stroke-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists whose goal is to immediately treat and stabilize the patient. Then, assess functions that need repair. Provide specialized nursing care. Get patients started on therapies to restore function. Work with patient, family members and friends on an outpatient therapy plan that continues to maximize function.
- An educated Emergency Department team prepared to treat stroke patients immediately on arrival at the hospital, with thrombylitic (clot-busting) therapy. Radiology and nuclear medicine staff ready to carry out emergency tests to determine type and location of stroke. Neurosurgeons on-call, as needed.
- Team committed to following the stroke therapeutic protocol outlined in the National Stroke Association’s "Get-With-The-Guidelines."
- Dedicated Stroke Center Medical Director and Stroke Nurse Clinical Coordinator .
What you need to know about stroke:
- Review the warning signs of stroke. Even if you experience the signs of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), call 9-1-1 for emergency treatment. Don’t wait for a full-blown stroke. Jayne Ward: "About 10% of people who have TIAs will have a stroke within 90 days. Another 3% will have a stroke within 30 days."
- The biggest risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Eighty-five percent of all strokes are "ischemic" strokes. This occurs because a clot in one of the intracranial arteries prevents the brain from receiving an adequate blood supply.
Only 15% of strokes are "hemorrhagic", or bleeding strokes. This means bleeding is occurring on the brain.
High blood pressure weakens blood vessel walls, and is a major risk factor for all strokes.
"The majority of strokes do not require treatment in a Neurological Intensive Care Unit. Most strokes can be treated in a dedicated Primary Stroke Center. As soon as a stroke patient is stable, we get patients moving to increase optimal patient outcomes. Appropriate medications are ordered, and the team puts together a rehabilitation plan based on the patient's stroke deficits.
The Last Round:
- If you think you’re experiencing a stroke or a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), and you are able to call 9-1-1, do so immediately. If someone is with you, have him or her call 9-1-1. Remember: TIME IS BRAIN.
- We’re eager to educate the community about stroke. If you’re interested in a stroke education program, call Colleen Drolett, R.N. at (517) 975-6800.