Comprehensive Stroke Care
What is a Comprehensive Stroke Center?
Comprehensive Stroke Center status is the highest level of stroke certification
available. Hospitals like PVHMC that earn this extraordinary achievement
The Joint Commission and the
American Heart Association.
PVHMC has been providing comprehensive stroke services to our region and
surrounding communities since 2010. Our stroke program addresses the rapid
assessment, diagnosis and treatment of stroke. A stroke is caused by the
interruption of blood flow to the brain. This interruption is the result
of either a blockage from a blood clot or the bursting of a blood vessel.
85% of strokes are the result of a blocked blood vessel.
Every second counts in the treatment of stroke patients. The faster the
patient identifies the symptoms of the stroke the sooner they can get
to the hospital the faster we can treat them. Patients lose millions of
brain cells every second blood flow is interrupted to the brain.
PVHMC wants you to
BE FAST. Know the signs and symptoms of stroke and act FAST.
B ALANCE: Sudden loss of balance or coordination
E YE: Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
F ACE: Facial droop, uneven smile
A RM: numbness, arm weakness
S PEECH: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
T IME: Call 911. Get to PVHMC/hospital immediately
Stroke care starts when you call 911, and continues into the acute hospital
with treatment option that include TPA, the clot busting mediation as
well as thrombectomy, the removal of a blood clot from the blood vessel
in the brain, causing the stroke.
PVHMC is proud to share our results with our community demonstrating our
BE FAST treatment of stroke. Below is a graph demonstrating our time from patient
entry to PVHMC to the administration of the clot busting drug tPA. It
also compares our outcomes with other Los Angeles County and other Comprehensive
Stroke Centers across the nation.
For more information about stroke; signs and symptoms of treatment options,
stroke rehabilitation and our stroke support group, please call