Stroke Services

McLaren is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our stroke patients. The clock starts ticking upon the first signs of a stroke. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. The key to maximizing your outcome after stroke symptoms begin is to immediately call 9-1-1 so you can get to the Emergency Department as soon as possible. Similar to treating a heart attack, evidence based medicine shows there is a "treatment window" for maximizing outcomes for stroke patients. McLaren is among the best in area stroke care and employs a skilled to staff to increase positive results.

Stroke is a medical emergency! Time is critical if you are having a stroke. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms

The National Stroke Association says you can use the acronym FAST:

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke Center at McLaren Bay Region

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For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. Even short delays in treatment can change a patient's future or even claim a life. That's why immediate, focused, and expert care for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) is essential to a community. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, McLaren Bay Region is among the best of the best in stroke care.

One requirement to maintain Primary Stroke Center status is to provide the most advanced treatment and highest expertise. For example, for appropriate patients, McLaren Bay Region administers TPA-the only FDA-approved drug to treat blood clots in the brain. Although the lifesaving drug is typically given in hospitals through an IV, McLaren Bay Region has the capability of providing intra-arterial TPA. That is, the drug is injected directly into the blood clot in the brain. This delicate procedure can only be performed by a specially trained neurointerventionalist.

"TPA is an extremely effective drug, but it can only be given within two to four hours after the first sign of stroke," explains Szafranski. "By having a trained neurointerventionalist on staff at McLaren Bay Region who can perform this procedure, we expand treatment time to about six hours." In addition, the hospital has a fellowship-trained stroke neurologist, with advanced knowledge and training in stroke treatment. This increases the level of expert care.

"Not every hospital can be a designated Primary Stroke Center," says Szafranski. "We are proud to offer this level of excellence in stroke care to patients in the surrounding area."

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