Citizens Medical Center – Stroke Services
Citizens Stroke Center is an award-winning certified primary stroke center invaluable to the residents in and around Victoria, Texas. We are equipped to identify a stroke and take quick action to mitigate stroke effects and received the Stroke Gold Plus Award in 2015 recognizing Citizens Medical Center’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Citizens Medical Center stays up-to-date with stroke research and procedures that speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. We have implemented measures that reduce the time from when the patient enters the hospital and when they receive treatment. After the immediate threat is dealt with, we offer education and support to stroke patients and their families on how to manage risk factors, warning signs of stroke, and proper use of stroke medications.
Stroke is a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention. It is now the third leading cause of death in individuals and the number one cause of disability. During a stroke, the brain loses oxygen so that every minute lost before treatment equals brain tissue lost. Could you identify a person having a stroke? Recognizing the symptoms and seeking immediate medical attention can lessen the effects of stroke if treatment is provided within three hours of the first symptom.
If you suspect that someone may be experiencing a stroke, do not delay. Immediately call 911.
The National Stroke Association uses the F.A.S.T. test to identify stroke symptoms.
F.A.S.T. stands for:
- F = FACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face drop?
- A = ARM
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S = SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does their speech sound slurred or strange?
- T = TIME
React quickly. If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 911 to get to the nearest hospital.
Take our 5-minute Assessment test to help determine your risk factors.