Advanced Stroke Treatment at Holland Hospital

Advanced Stroke Treatment at Holland Hospital

Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a stroke? Strokes are serious medical emergencies that are not only life-threatening, but are also a leading cause of long-term disability. 

Fortunately, thanks to a partnership with the University of Michigan Health-West, Holland Hospital offers advanced, lifesaving stroke treatment close to home. 

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to your brain is stopped. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which happens when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by something like a blood clot. 

When dealing with an ischemic stroke, there are two main options for treatment: thrombolytics, or clot-busting” medications, and neurothrombectomy, a procedure where specialists go into the blood vessel and remove the blood clot. 

A lifesaving procedure.

Because of Holland Hospitals collaboration with U of M Health-Wests neurointerventionalists, a patient no longer needs to be transferred for a neurothrombectomy. Since timing is essential when treating stroke, this local access is vital.

Not many hospitals of our size have this ability,” said Amanda Nies, DO, a board-certified neurologist with Holland Hospital Neurology. For a smaller community like Holland, it's unique.” 

After the procedure, the teams work together during patient recovery. Its a unique, higher level of care,” said Dr. Nies. Our local team of neurologists follows up with the patient in the outpatient setting to make certain that weve modified all the risk factors we can to prevent another stroke from happening.”

Know the signs and symptoms.

When it comes to effectively treating a stroke, timing is critical. Time is brain,” said Dr. Nies. If you develop any of the signs or symptoms of stroke, you should be evaluated urgently.”

It is important to be able to identify the warning signs of stroke. Experts recommend learning the BE FAST acronym for quick assessment and response:

  • B = Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • E = Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • F = Face: Sudden drooping of one side of the face
  • A = Arms: Sudden weakness or numbness in one arm
  • S = Speech: Sudden trouble speaking or confusion
  • T = Time: Call 911 immediately if you notice any of these signs

Watch to learn more about BE FAST to understand the signs of stroke and how to respond to help save a life. 

Where can I learn more?

Holland Hospital offers access to the full continuum of care for patients whove experienced stroke or other neurological conditions including expert rehabilitation services and follow-up with neurologists.

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