Monterey County Stroke Center
24/7 Stroke Care Coverage from a Local Neurologist
One of the more alarming aspects of a stroke is that people rarely see
them coming. Experiencing a stroke personally or through a loved one is
alarming, but with a fast response from stroke treatment experts, the
damage of a stroke can be minimized and the victim may even be able to
Salinas Valley Medical Center has been advanced certified by The Joint
Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. We have a highly skilled team ready
to quickly diagnose and treat strokes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our
team includes the only 24/7 on-call neurologist in Monterey County. In
addition to treating strokes as they happen, we also offer long-term outpatient
stroke care to manage symptoms.
Spotting a Stroke Early
Strokes most often occur in people with high blood pressure. Unfortunately,
there are no noticeable side effects of high blood pressure until an event
occurs, meaning you should have your blood pressure checked frequently
so you can accurately assess your risk factors.
The first hour of a stroke is called “The Golden Hour” because
treating it within this time greatly increases the patient’s chance
of recovering. Act FAST is stroke response procedure you should familiarize
yourself so you can react to stroke symptoms quickly.
Face – Is one side of the face drooping?
Arms – Do your arms feel weak? Can you raise them without one arm drifting downward?
Speech – Are you having trouble speaking? Is your speech slurred?
Time – Don’t hesitate if you experience any of these symptoms. Call 911
Sometimes, these symptoms can manifest and resolve themselves in a matter
of minutes. When this happens, it could mean that you experiences a Transient
Ischemic Attack (TIA). This is a pseudo, temporary stroke. You should
still consult with a doctor immediately after having one of these events
as it means that there is a high chance you will experience a true stroke
in the near future.
Recovering From a Stroke
During a stroke, blood flow is cut off to a section of the brain and kills
brain cells, possibly resulting in permanent damage. This can happen in
one of two ways:
Ischemic Stroke – A blood clot blocks the flow of blood and nutrients to the brain
Hemorrhagic Stroke – A blood vessel in the brain ruptures and leaks blood around the brain
The extent of the damage these attacks inflict depends on how fast the
victim can receive medical treatment. After the initial treatment, a patient
may be left with difficulty speaking, paralysis, or other impairments.
We offer outpatient care for stroke victims that help them manage and
overcome these long-term effects.
The amount of care a victim requires depends on the severity of a stroke.
The most common rehabilitation for stroke victims includes physical therapy
to regain mobility, occupational therapy for functional purposes, and
speech therapy if the attack impacted the victim’s ability to speak.
While it’s hard watching a loved one struggle with the aftermath
of a stroke, in-depth rehabilitation can make a tremendous difference
in their independence and quality of life. Salinas Valley Medical Clinic
is an award-winning stroke care center and can provide you and your family
with the support you need during this difficult time.