Jupiter Medical Center is proud to be a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a distinction bestowed by The Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
A stroke is a sudden impairment in brain function when blood supply to the brain is cut off. Stroke can result in loss of speech, inability to walk, or loss of movement in the arms or legs because blood has stopped fl owing to an area of the brain. Usually, this is caused by the blockage, or the rupture, of a blood vessel that carries blood to the brain.
There are two major categories of stroke:
The symptoms of a stroke come on suddenly and stroke should be emphasized as an emergency situation. There are treatments that can reduce the risk of damage from a stroke, but only if you get help quickly. Time is particularly critical because every second counts! We believe it's fundamentally important and hopefully reassuring to you and your neighbors to have a hospital like Jupiter Medical Center nearby with a dedicated staff and program specifi cally focused on stroke care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
But we also want you to be aware of stroke warning signs, recognize the risk factors and think FAST:
Many factors can increase your risk of a stroke, including:
When someone you know is experiencing a stroke and requires emergency care, it's reassuring to know expert help is immediately available. Team members include board certified emergency medicine physicians, nurses, interventional radiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, case managers, social workers, dietitians, laboratory personnel, pharmacists, and a stroke program coordinator.
At Jupiter Medical Center, we are committed to the prevention of strokes. Early detection is vital to successful recovery. Our stroke team has placed a huge emphasis on patient and community education and screenings to increase awareness about stroke prevention. Knowing what to look for - and what lifestyle changes you must make - will lower the chance of a stroke as well as a stroke's potential impact.