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Stroke Care

Every minute is critical in the equation of stroke treatment. Mobility, speech, vision and memory are just some areas that can adversely affected by a stroke. The San Antonio stroke specialists, EMTs and emergency department staff at all 5 Baptist hospitals understand that treating you quickly and according to the best stroke practices will preserve more brain function and a better quality of life for you after a stroke.

Optimizing brain treatment, optimizing outcomes for you. That’s Baptist Care.

Read about one patient’s life-saving experience at Baptist.

Stroke Care Video

Baptist Health System offers:

  • The city's first Brain & Stroke Network
  • Accredited stroke care at all five hospitals
  • 24/7 neurosurgery coverage
  • Access to clot-busting drugs, including tPA
  • Stroke Telemedicine
  • Availability of AirLife transport
  • CARF accredited Acute Rehabilitation Centers
  • Experienced physical, occupational, and speech therapists trained in stroke rehabilitation
  • Stroke education programs

At Baptist, we’re here for you with accredited, award-winning stroke care at all five of our hospitals.

All of our hospitals have achieved:

  • The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Advanced Certification
  • American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll.
Joint Gold Seal 2014
Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus 2014

We are extremely proud of these awards because they demonstrate our commitment to the highest quality treatment and outcomes for you and your loved ones.

Re-writing the book on stroke care in San Antonio

The Brain & Stroke Network at Baptist Health System has radically improved stroke care in South Texas in a short time. Just a few years ago, hospitals in San Antonio would send stroke patients to Austin or Houston for stroke care, delaying critically time-sensitive treatment.

Today, thanks to the Brain & Stroke Network, life-saving, brain-preserving treatment is available in minutes at our five hospitals and beyond. The Network increases survival rates for stroke victims by providing comprehensive stroke care 24/7 close to home. For you, that means neurosurgical support is minutes away.

Stroke teams in each of our hospitals’ Emergency Departments stand ready to administer clot-busting drugs including tPA to patients suffering with a blood clot in the brain.

The Network is comprised of expert physicians with skills ranging from emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, vascular, and interventional radiology. We’re proud of the efforts made by our doctors and exceptional support staff to help us become the first hospital system in San Antonio to earn Primary Stroke Center Certification.

Find a doctor who specializes in Neurology – call (210) 297-7005.

Know the signs of stroke and act FAST.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. With stroke, time lost equals brain lost. For every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen during stroke, the likelihood of brain damage increases. Act FAST stands for face, arms, speech and time.

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 sentence. Are the words slurred? 
Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly? 

Time 
Get the affected person to the hospital right away to receive the most effective stroke treatment.

 * If a person is having trouble with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.


Download the FAST app for your iPhone here.

Stroke survivor: Time isn’t on your side.

Time lost is brain lost and minutes matter when it comes to successful treatment of a stroke. Kara Hazen, a grandmother of three boys, knows this better than most. She knows how important it is to recognize and start treatment for stroke as soon as possible.

Today, she is grateful to her husband for recognizing the signs of stroke and for the quick intervention of emergency medical technicians and the dedicated stroke team at Baptist.

Hazen says that when her stroke began, she didn’t recognize the signs, “I just knew that it was something that wasn’t normal. … If it hadn’t been for (my husband), I probably would have brushed it off.”

Hazen credits quick action for saving her brain function. “I really don’t have any long-term effects but the reason I don’t is because we did get to the phone, dialed 911, got the emergency crew up there and got to the hospital within the three-hour window.”

“You really only have a three-hour window to get there. If you wait past that time, the window shuts,” she says. “I think of what could have happened, I look at other people and I think, ‘Wow, I’m really, really lucky to have gotten the treatment within that window. ’”

What is Stroke?

Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot or piece of plaque blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).

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