RED WING, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) designated Mayo Clinic Health System’s hospitals in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, recognizing their ability to offer the best care possible to patients who experience a stroke. The hospital’s Emergency Departments (ED) are equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to patients with acute stroke symptoms.
“Reducing the amount of damage to the brain is more likely to occur when a stroke is diagnosed and treated early on,” says Gregory Kays, M.D., medical director of Emergency Medicine in Red Wing. “With stroke, brain tissue can be preserved if caught in time. We are delighted to deliver high-quality Mayo stroke care to the area.” Stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident or brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly stopped. This process is similar to a heart attack. Without oxygen, the nerve cells in the affected area of the brain cannot function and often die. As a result, the parts of the body controlled by that section of the brain usually quit working.
In addition to the MDH designation, all of the recognized hospital EDs offer patients tele-stroke. Any time day or night, ED providers can consult with Mayo Clinic Neurology stroke specialists in Rochester using real time audio/visual equipment that allows the neurologist to view and evaluate the patient remotely.
According to MDH, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in Minnesota and accounts for approximately 2,100 deaths annually. Minnesota hospitals treat more than 12,000 stroke patients each year.
“It’s important for all of us to know how to spot a stroke quickly and call 911,” adds Dr. Kays.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke by remembering F.A.S.T:
- F- Facial droop/numbness
- A-Arm weakness
- S-Speech difficulty
- T-Time to call 911
For more information about the warning signs of stroke and steps you can take to prevent a stroke, visit mayoclinic.org/stroke.
Press ContactCatherine Hooper