When a stroke occurs, rapid response with the proper treatment is
essential. Holland Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center one of a select number of hospitals across
the nation that meet the rigorous standard for effective stroke treatment.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death after heart disease and
cancer and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, according
to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke
Association (ASA). The ASA reports that strokes kill about 137,000
people a year, accounting for about one of every 18 deaths.
Nearly 800,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year. As the leading
cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death, strokes
usually strike without warning and can have devastating effects on the
quality of life for survivors including speech problems, memory loss and
To help you remember signs of a stroke, experts recommend that you
think FAST if you or someone you are with suddenly experiences any of
F Facial weakness: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S Speech problems: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred or incorrect?
Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.
The Stroke Care Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior
outcomes in the care and treatment of stroke. Patients who receive
stroke treatment at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower
risk dying from their stroke.
Sandip Kothari, MD, Medical Director of Holland Hospital's Primary Stroke Center, presents Brain Attack: The Latest in Stroke Prevention & Treatment.