Primary Stroke Center

Northern Hospital of Surry County is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This prestigious advanced certification demonstrates the hospital's expertise and commitment to the community in quickly treating stroke patients and providing the highest level of quality treatment and services according to national standards. 

What is a Stroke?

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 795,000 strokes occurring each year. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.  On average, someone in the U.S. has a stroke about every 40 seconds and every 4 minutes, someone dies from stroke.  Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial when someone experiences a stroke.

A stroke, is sometimes called a “brain attack”.  Brain cells need a constant supply of blood and oxygen.  When that supply is cut off those cells stop working.  Without the blood and oxygen they need, the effected brain cells begin to die.  These dead cells never grow back and abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory, speech, and muscle control are lost.

Sometimes you can have a “mini stroke” or TIA (transient ischemic attack).  A “mini stroke” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery in the brain for a short time.  Sometimes a stroke is preceded by a TIA.  It is extremely important to seek medical attention just as emergently so that a complete evaluation can be done to try and prevent a stroke from occurring. 

Warning Signs of a Stroke

Never ignore warning signs of a stroke.  Stroke is ALWAYS an emergency so ALWAYS call 911. 

How Important is Time? 

Your Risk Factors

Local News Article - Stroke treatment: When minutes save lives

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