Stroke Care & The Stroke Network
Faster Care, Better Outcomes
Every minute is critical in stroke treatment. Mobility, speech, vision and memory are just some of the abilities that can be adversely affected by a stroke. The stroke specialists, EMTs and emergency department staff at all five Baptist hospitals in San Antonio 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.
Baptist Health System Offers:
- The city’s first Brain & Stroke Network, providing lifesaving stroke treatment close to home
- Primary Stroke Center Certification at all our hospitals — the first hospital system in San Antonio to do so
- 24/7 neurosurgery coverage
- Access to clot-busting drugs, including tPA
- Stroke telemedicine services
- Availability of AirLife transport when needed
- CARF-accredited Acute Rehabilitation Centers
- Experienced physical, occupational and speech therapists trained in stroke rehabilitation
- Stroke education programs
At Baptist, we provide accredited, award-winning stroke care at all five of our hospitals.
Awards and Accreditations for Our System’s Stroke Care
We’ve been nationally recognized for our stroke care. Recognitions include:
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).
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Help prevent death and disability by learning the signs and symptoms of stroke. Acting FAST can get patients the treatment they need to decrease the likelihood of brain damage.
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.
Stroke Survivor: Time Isn’t on Your Side
Brain & Stroke Network
When it comes to stroke treatment, every minute matters. Kara Hazen, a grandmother of three boys and stroke survivor, knows this better than most. Her experience showed her 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.’”