We are committed to providing comprehensive stroke care, and that includes leveraging the latest advancements in telemedicine. Through our ARSAVES Telemedicine Stroke Assistance program, we ensure that patients experiencing stroke symptoms receive timely and specialized care, even if they are unable to physically visit our facility.
Our stroke care team works closely with ARSAVES Telemedicine, connecting patients to neurologists remotely through videoconferencing. This allows for real-time assessment and consultation, enabling our experts to provide immediate guidance and treatment recommendations. By utilizing this innovative telemedicine approach, we can extend our reach and provide critical care to patients, no matter their location within our community.
Working closely with local EMS, we prioritize quick access to stroke care for patients, further enhancing our ability to provide immediate assistance when every second counts.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke, often referred to as a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This can happen due to a blood clot blocking a vital blood vessel in the brain (ischemic stroke) or when a blood vessel bursts, causing bleeding into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke). Following a stroke, our compassionate rehabilitation care team is here to help individuals regain their independence. Our multidisciplinary team at South Arkansas Regional Hospital provides personalized assistance and support to help patients meet their goals and overcome any lasting or long-term symptoms.
Recognizing Stroke Warning Signs – B.E.F.A.S.T. Being aware of the warning signs of a stroke can be life-saving and reduce the chances of permanent disabilities.
Remember the letters B.E.F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke:
Balance: Is there a sudden loss of balance or dizziness? Are they walking differently?
Eyes: Does the person have sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes? Are they experiencing blurry or double vision?
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop? Is their smile uneven?
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 any of these signs are observed, call 911 immediately!
Additional stroke symptoms can include numbness on one side or part of the body, confusion with speech and communication, difficulty seeing, dizziness or weakness while walking and coordinating movements, as well as a sudden or severe headache.
If you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing a stroke, do not hesitate to dial 911 immediately. Avoid driving yourself to the hospital.
For more information about our comprehensive stroke care services at South Arkansas Regional Hospital, please call us at (870) 863-2000 and ask to speak with our stroke coordinator. Our team is here to provide you with the support and information you need.