CHRISTUS Spohn-Shoreline earns national Stroke Program recognition

Posted at 9:59 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 11:44:49-04

CORPUS CHRISTI — The high-quality Stroke Care available for South Texas families at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline is being recognized on a National Level.

The hospital’s Stroke Program has received the “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke” Gold-Plus and the "Target Stroke: Honor Roll Elite" Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

CHRISTUS Spohn earned the prestigious awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This includes the cutting-edge use of advanced medications and risk-reduction therapies, while implementing best practices to provide exceptional stroke care.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Of course, every second counts when a stroke occurs. The brain is deprived of the essential oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive when a vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts.

Common signs of stoke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg -- especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes; and sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

You are urged to call 9-1-1 and seek medical help immediately when any of these symptoms are present.

To learn more about the CHRISTUS Spohn Stroke Program, click HERE.