Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the U.S, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average:
- Someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds
- Someone dies of a stroke every four minutes
- 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year
Our Stroke Program—Fast, Expert Care
If you or someone you love suffers a stroke, Dominican Hospital’s trained stroke team provides prompt diagnosis and stroke treatment. Our experienced neurologists and other clinical experts lead the team.
- We offer a coordinated response and specialized care 24 hours a day.
- We collaborate with comprehensive stroke centers throughout the region to provide expert stroke care, including endovascular interventions, if needed.
- Our Neurological Rehabilitation program is led by a team of experts who deliver excellent care throughout the rehabilitation process.
- Preventing stroke is our passion. We offer free screenings for the public throughout the year.
- Our network of recovery services in Santa Cruz includes outpatient rehabilitation, home health services, and a stroke recovery support group at Cabrillo College.
- Dominican is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This certification recognizes centers that follows the best practices for stroke care.
Know The Signs Of Stroke
When a stroke occurs, you should recognize the warning signs and get expert medical help quickly. Fast action is critical to giving you or your loved one have the best chance of survival and rehabilitation. It can make the difference between recovery and having to endure long-term disabilities.
Remember these signs of a stroke: B-E F-A-S-T
Balance – Is there a sudden change?
Eyes – Is vision affected? Can you see properly?
Face – Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile.
Arm – Does one arm drift downward? Ask the person to raise both arms.
Speech – Are words slurred? Ask the person to repeat a phrase.
Time – If they show any symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Help Prevent Stroke
You should understand your risk of stroke and know how to get the help you need to improve controllable lifestyle factors that can prevent stroke.
- Stop smoking
- Control high blood pressure
- Increase daily exercise activity, and
- Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and low in refined carbs and sugar
Learn More About Our Stroke Care
To learn more about stroke care at Dominican Hospital, please call us at 831.462.7243 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. If you reach a recording, leave a message and someone will call back as soon as possible.
You can also leave a message on our dedicated stroke line 831.462.7200. We respond to all messages within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.