Providing Care for Over 40 Years
A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke) or is blocked by a blood clot (ischemic stroke). Ischemic strokes are more common and comprise almost 90% of all strokes. Treatments work to either open the blockage or treat the rupture. The chances of survival are better if the stroke is identified and treated immediately.
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center has a specialized stroke team. If a patient comes into the ER, within 5 minutes they will have been examined by our stroke team. Our nurses have specialized stroke training and are experts in diagnostic testing. Our stroke team has a methodical process to get a stroke patient diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible as described below:
The gold standard treatment for ischemic strokes is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA,). tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow.
The best way to treat a stroke is to prevent it. The following warning signs, which are often temporary and last a few minutes, may be due to a "ministroke," called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Many times TIAs signal the onset of a full-blown stroke:
Any two of these factors put you at a higher risk of a stroke.
Stroke survivors & Care Partner Support Group
The mission of the support group is to empower stroke survivors, their family and friends, to become “stroke wise” and to develop self-care strategies that will increase functional quality. This group will promote healthy coping skills to live with the effects of stroke, while providing a safe, warm and caring environment which facilitates listening, learning and sharing. Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of every month, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. For more information, call 757-312-6584. Chesapeake Regional’s Stroke Survivor and Care Partner Support Group utilize materials and information from the National Stroke Association (NSA).