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Broward Health North's Stroke Center is recognized as a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Healthcare Administration.
The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. This designation offers the public a way to identify which hospitals offer the best possible outcomes for stroke patients.
At Broward Health North, assessment and treatment begin in the Emergency Department by a specially trained team called the Brain Attack Team (BAT). The BAT is available 24/7 and consists of Emergency Medical Services (EMS and paramedics), emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, radiologists and nursing staff. Ten nurses at Broward Health North have gone above and beyond to obtain the prestigious Certified Neurological Registered Nurse designation. They are fully prepared to help you and your loved one through this delicate time. Our designated Stroke Unit is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure your loved one receives the best possible care.
If you require rehabilitation after your stroke, Broward Health North’s Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit is here to keep you on a path to recovery. Our rehabilitation unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is the first hospital in Florida to attain Joint Commission Certification for Stroke Rehabilitation.
What is a stroke?
Stroke is a cerebro-vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. Every three minutes, someone dies of one. It is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability.
Stroke Warning Signs
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, swallowing or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
- If you experience these symptoms, dial 911!
Some risk factors cannot be changed or controlled like age, family history and gender. However, reducing the following risk factors can prevent a stroke.
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity and obesity
- Heart disease
- Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) or mini strokes
- Excessive alcohol and some illegal drugs