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Stroke symptoms require immediate care

Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked (ischemic stroke) or breaks (hemorrhagic stroke). During a stroke, nearly two million brain cells die every minute, which makes getting the right care fast critical to limiting long-term disability or even saving life.

Baylor Scott & White Health offers advanced stroke care quickly through our emergency departments and stroke centers across North and Central Texas.

In many cases, a medication to eliminate blockages and restore blood flow (thrombolytic therapy) can be given, but it must be administered shortly after stroke symptoms begin. Other treatment and recovery options may include: 

  • Medicación
  • Procedures
    • Endarterectomía carotídea
    • Stent carotídeo
    • Craneotomía
    • Patent foramen ovale closure
    • Surgery to repair aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations
    • Thrombectomy
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy



Risk factors

Las posibilidades de sufrir un derrame cerebral pueden aumentar según ciertos factores.

  • Factores de riesgo incontrolables de accidente cerebrovascular
  • Factores de riesgo controlables de accidente cerebrovascular

Factores de riesgo incontrolables de accidente cerebrovascular

  • Las hembras tienen más golpes que los machos.
  • El accidente cerebrovascular puede ocurrir a cualquier edad, pero el riesgo se duplica cada década desde la edad 65
  • Historia familiar
  • Los afroamericanos tienen un mayor riesgo de accidente cerebrovascular que los caucásicos
  • Un accidente cerebrovascular anterior

Factores de riesgo controlables de accidente cerebrovascular

  • Manejar afecciones crónicas, que incluyen presión arterial alta, enfermedad cardaca, colesterol alto, anemia falciforme y diabetes.
  • Estilo de vida sedentario
  • Nutrición / Dieta
  • Obesidad
  • De fumar

B.E.F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke

Knowing the signs of a stroke is one of the keys to successful recovery. Dr. Rashedul Hasan, MD, a vascular neurologist associated with Baylor Scott & White Health, discusses what to do when someone is having a stroke, common misconceptions about stroke, and the latest breakthroughs in treatment.


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Telestroke care

Many smaller Baylor Scott & White community hospital emergency departments have immediate access to neurologists specializing in stroke care 24/7 through telemedicine. This technology allows a stroke specialist at one of our major stroke care facilities to examine a suspected stroke patient via video call and guide their treatment.

With telestroke technology, medical staff in the emergency department can:

  • Consult with a board-certified vascular neurologist (within 5 minutes of neurologist being paged)
  • Administer Alteplase, a clot-busting medication, under the guidance of a board-certified vascular neurologist via video
  • Initiate patient transfer to a Baylor Scott & White comprehensive stroke center if a higher level of care is needed
  • Screen patients who have experienced stroke symptoms within the last 24 hours for all types of acute strokes

Opciones de tratamiento de accidentes cerebrovasculares

No existe cura para el accidente cerebrovascular una vez que ha ocurrido, pero se encuentran disponibles tratamientos médicos y quirúrgicos avanzados. Estos pueden ayudar a reducir su riesgo de sufrir otro accidente cerebrovascular. El tratamiento para el accidente cerebrovascular es más eficaz cuando se inicia de inmediato, por lo que es importante conocer los signos de un derrame cerebral y llamar a 911 de inmediato si sospecha de un derrame cerebral.

Los planes de tratamiento para los pacientes serán determinados por su equipo de atención en función de la edad, el historial médico, el tipo de accidente cerebrovascular y las preferencias personales.

Las opciones de tratamiento para el accidente cerebrovascular pueden incluir:

  • Cirugía
    • Endarterectomía carotídea
    • Stent carotídeo
    • Craneotomía
    • El cierre del foramen oval de la patente (PFO)
    • Cirugía para reparar aneurismas y malformaciones arteriovenosas (AVMs).

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Dallas officer makes quick recovery after stroke

A Dallas police officer was back on the job less than a week after suffering a stroke—the fastest recovery Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health—has ever seen.

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