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Stroke Care Outcomes

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 count 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.

BALANCE: Sudden loss of balance or coordination

EYE: Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes

FACE: Facial droop, uneven smile

ARM: numbness, arm weakness

SPEECH: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding

TIME : Call 911. Get to PVHMC/hospital immediately

Stroke care starts when you call 911 and continues into the acute hospital with a treatment option that includes TPA, the clot-busting mediation as well asgraph 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 Scale (mRS).

Our goal is to discharge our patients with a mRS of zero to two (see chart below), with a minimal disability, return to work and/or to have the ability to perform the activities of daily living.

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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.

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We have primed the brain for recovery with our FAST action and lifesaving treatment options.

To learn more or to speak with a member of our stroke team, call 909.865.9858.

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 commitment to 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 909.865.9858.