In 2011, Community Hospital treated 96% of stroke patients from the Monterey Peninsula (primary service area) and 41% of all the stroke cases in Monterey County.
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the nation.
- One-in-four people who recover from their first stroke will have another one within just five years. 25% of women and 42% of men will have another stroke within 5 years.
- 34% of people suffering from a stroke are under the age of 65 years.
- More 90% of people recognize sudden numbness on one side as a symptom of stroke. Only 38% were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a stroke.
- Early action is the key to good recovery. Patients who arrive at the emergency department within three hours of their first symptoms tend to be healthier three months after a stroke than those whose care was delayed.
- Education is imperative to decrease the number of stroke victims in our community. Individuals should know their risk factors for stroke.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics
- Community Hospital launched an initiative to improve stroke care and increase public awareness of risk factors, signs and symptoms, and steps to take in the event of a stroke emergency.
- For our efforts, we were the first hospital in Monterey County to achieve accreditation by the Joint Commission for a Primary Stroke Program. Certified hospitals have teams specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of strokes.
- While accreditation is a milestone for the hospital, our stroke program still has much to achieve in terms of public education and community awareness.
Find out more about our Primary Stroke Program.
The more people know, the more lives can be saved.
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