MAKING STRIDES AGAINST STROKE

At Reading Hospital, we know every second counts when you’re having a stroke. That’s why we utilize rapid response treatment to minimize the chance of permanent damage and offer the greatest chance for a full recovery. As an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, we administer life-saving tPA to break up blood clots quickly — and our nationally recognized stroke specialists have the expertise to treat even the most complex stroke patients. So whenever stroke strikes, you will always receive the most timely, advanced care in the region.

Am I at Risk for Stroke?

According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), 80% of all strokes are preventable. Knowing, understanding and managing what puts you at risk will decrease your chances of experiencing a stroke. These key risk factors include:

• Your age, sex and race – Women, people over the age of 55 and African-Americans have a higher stroke risk1
• Family history – If your parent, grandparent, sister or brother has experienced a stroke1
• Smoking – Nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can damage the cardiovascular system, leading to stroke1
• High blood pressure and/or cholesterol – High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, and high cholesterol can cause blood clots that lead to stroke1
• Diabetes – Many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure and cholesterol, and while these conditions are treatable, they still increase your risk1
• Heart disease – People with coronary heart disease or heart failure are at higher risk of stroke than people with healthy hearts1
• If you’ve had a prior stroke
• If you experience TIAs (transient ischemic attacks) – Sometimes called “mini-strokes,” where signs and symptoms occur, but go away within a short period of time
• Carotid bruit – An abnormal sound heard through a stethoscope that indicates a partially blocked carotid artery
1 American Stroke Association; Understanding Stroke Risk

B.E.F.A.S.T. if You Notice These Symptoms

Receiving treatment at Reading Hospital’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center as soon as possible from the start of your symptoms can greatly reduce the risk of permanent damage from stroke. And remembering to B.E.F.A.S.T. can help you save precious seconds that can significantly impact outcomes. Being able to recognize these key symptoms in others is crucial:

Balance – Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
Eyes – Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
Face – Does the person’s face look uneven?
Arms – Is one arm (or leg) hanging down? Or weak?
Speech – Is the person’s speech slurred? Does the person have trouble speaking or seem confused?
Time – Call 9-1-1 now!

Remember: Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 even if these symptoms go away.

STROKE IS PREVENTABLE

From changing habits to understanding your risk — a majority of strokes are preventable. Enter your information in the form below to receive your FREE Stroke Awareness Kit:

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HEALTHGRADES® AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care: 5 Years in a Row (2013-2017)
This acknowledgment is of the highest distinction for hospitals in the U.S. and is based solely on top quality outcomes for patients. After analyzing patient outcomes data for virtually every hospital in the country, Healthgrades identified the 100 Best Hospitals performing in the top 5% or top 10% in the nation.

Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award: 11 Years in a Row (2007-2017)
The Stroke Care Excellence Award reflects Reading Hospital’s ability to avoid complications in surgery and provide patients high-quality, continued treatment for ongoing conditions. To be evaluated for this award, a hospital has to have a transfer-out rate of less than 10% for three years.

Healthgrades Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke: 11 Years in a Row (2007-2017)
This distinction shows that Reading Hospital significantly reduces the risk of permanent neurological damage and offers the greatest chance for recovery for stroke patients. It is based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period available from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Healthgrades Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke: 11 Years in a Row (2007-2017)
This distinction shows that Reading Hospital significantly reduces the risk of permanent neurological damage and offers the greatest chance for recovery for stroke patients. It is based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period available from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke: 12 Years in a Row (2006-2017)
Star ratings are an evaluation of the hospital’s actual performance as compared to predicted performance for that hospital based on a specific risk-adjustment model applied to that hospital. This rating reflects that stroke patients at Reading Hospital experience minimal in-hospital complications before, during and up to a month after care. Only 13% of other hospitals in the nation have this distinction.

THE JOINT COMMISSION CERTIFICATION

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification as a Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services provided have the critical elements needed to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION / AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION AWARD

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2016 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (11 consecutive years) with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll (Four Consecutive Years)
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes award-winning hospitals for their success in using their programs to improve quality of care for heart disease and stroke patients for 24 consecutive months or more. Gold Plus Quality Awards are advanced levels of recognition acknowledging hospitals for consistent compliance with quality measures.

COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF REHABILITATION FACILITIES (CARF)

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation for Acute Stroke Rehabilitation
Achieving this accreditation reflects Reading Hospital’s commitment to quality improvement, acute focus on the unique needs of each patient served and thorough monitoring of the results of services.

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