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Orange Regional Medical Center Urges Community to Know the Symptoms of Stroke

July 5, 2008

(Middletown, New York) – When it comes to a stroke, every second counts. The medical experts at Orange Regional Medical Center’s designated Stroke Center are urging the community to know the symptoms and signs of a stroke.

A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. Doctors call this area of dead cells an infarct. These cells usually die within minutes to a few hours after the stroke starts.

Call 911 immediately if you experience sudden onset of the following:
• numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
• confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
• trouble seeing in one of both eyes
• trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• severe headache (with no known cause)

In recognition of expertise in treating stroke, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Horton Campus is a designated Stroke Center as determined by the New York State Department of Health. A state protocol dictates emergency responders transport certain stroke patients to designated stroke centers even if other hospitals are closer.

As a designated Stroke Center, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage. Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.

For information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Support Group or to schedule a stroke educator for a free group presentation for your organization call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

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