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.
Once the patient arrives at PVHMC, we provide expedited care and treatment
to reverse the stroke or to minimize the disability of stroke.
Our care and treatment prime the brain for recovery. Stroke recovery may
take up to one year.
We measure the recovery of our stroke patients using a modified Rankin
Our goal is to discharge our patients with a mRS of zero to two (see chart
below), with minimal disability, return to work and/or to have the ability
to perform the activities of daily living.
Our results for 2016 show that only 27% of patients are discharged from
our hospital with a mRS of 0-2.
However, after one year, 68% have recovered with a mRS of 0-2.
We have primed the brain for recovery with our FAST action and lifesaving
To learn more or to speak with a member of our stroke team, call
Remember to BE FAST - you can save a life and prevent long term disability.
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.
Neuro Interventional Outcomes
Carotid Stenting and Carotid Endarterectomy
In 2017, our program had excellent outcomes, including a 0% complication
rate from carotid stenting (CAS) and a 3.8% complication rate of carotid
endarterectomies (CEA). We are proud to also maintain a 0% complication
rate from a diagnostic cerebral angiogram.
For more information about stroke, signs and symptoms of treatment options,
stroke rehabilitation and our stroke support group, please call