Stroke treatment in Derry, New Hampshire
Parkland Medical Center's emergency physicians work closely with local emergency medical services (EMS) to deliver brain-saving care within the critical three hours following initial stroke symptoms. By consistently creating better outcomes for stroke patients, Parkland Medical Center has achieved designation as a Certified Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission—the nation’s leading healthcare accrediting agency.
Call 911 immediately if you observe the signs of a stroke in yourself or a loved one.
When you or a loved one are having a stroke, a quick response is vital. Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US. The longer you delay stroke treatment, the more brain cells will be lost—act fast to minimize the damage of a stroke.
Act FAST to identify the symptoms of stroke and respond correctly:
- FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Stroke care plans
To help treat a stroke, we can administer clot-dissolving drugs and help avoid permanent brain damage, diminished capacity or death. We also work with our sister hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, to give patients access to the stroke treatments best suited to their situation.
Stroke care involves much more than an initial treatment. Through the neurology program at Parkland, you’ll have access to these programs and more to help ensure your total care:
- Comprehensive rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, speech and swallowing therapy as well as access to Portsmouth Regional's Neuro Day Rehabilitation program
- Pain management
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