CVMC's stroke award helps raise awareness
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The emergency department at Coosa Valley Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Silver Stroke award Wednesday. The award recognizes hospitals that meet 85 percent or higher compliance with stroke core measures for one year.
Emily McLain/The Daily Home

The emergency department at Coosa Valley Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Silver Stroke award Wednesday. The award recognizes hospitals that meet 85 percent or higher compliance with stroke core measures for one year.
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Coosa Valley Medical Center is one of 13 hospitals in the state to be recognized this year for treatment for stroke patients, and that is good news. The American Heart Association award is made to raise awareness of and bring public attention to AHA’s guidelines for treating stroke and awareness that there is help for a condition once considered untreatable.

CVMC is to be recognized along with other award-winning hospitals in AHA national advertisements in the “Best Hospitals” edition of Time magazine and Stroke magazine for their achievements in providing treatment consistent with seven heart association guidelines for stroke patients.

The award shows the hospitals’ commitment to providing treatment according to current guidelines, and also raises awareness of the importance of recognizing signs that someone may have had a stroke. It’s critical that patients arrive at the hospital within two hours of the time of the stroke.

Recognizing stroke symptoms is the first step in getting patients the help they need, and the steps of the acronym FAST are worth repeating:

• Face – Is one side of the face drooping?

• Arm – Raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

• Speech – Is speech slowed or slurred?

• Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Clot-busting medication available now, and other treatment, can bring remarkable healing to stroke patients that wouldn’t have been possible a decade ago. CVMC’s participation in the AHA award program is beneficial both to recognition of the hospital and to helping the public better understand the urgency of getting suspected stroke patients to professional help in time to help them.