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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
  • iSchemaView RAPID-technology for stroke emergencies: RAPID technology is advanced visualization software for the brain. The software is fast, automated, and results can be viewed on any computer or handheld device by the treating physician. The fully automated solution provides specialists with accurate quantitative maps within seconds, allowing physicians to rapidly assess the severity of a patient's stroke, and determine the most appropriate treatment based on available collateral circulation. 

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.

All Stroke Services

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.'

- Kara Hazen, Stroke Survivor

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