Because minutes could mean the difference between recovery and permanent
disability - even death - for stroke victims, Saint Clare's Health
System offers Stroke Centers at Saint Clare's Hospitals in Denville
and Dover. The centers provide advanced medical teams that quickly diagnose
strokes and promptly begin treatment, increasing the chances of recovery.
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading
to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries
oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.
Symptoms include numbness of the face, arm or leg; confusion or dizziness;
problems with balance, vision or speech; and a sudden severe headache.
When the vessel is blocked or bursts, part of the brain cannot get the
blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. When this happens, the
part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis,
affect speech, vision and memory, and cause other problems.
The Centers, staffed by a team of specialized doctors, nurses and technologists
under the guidance of Medical Director
Paul Roberts, MD, are ready to evaluate and treat strokes 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. To provide prompt diagnosis, treatment and intervention for stroke
patients, program staff will provide immediate CT scans (within 25 minutes
of arrival at the hospital) to assess the cause. Once determined, the
Saint Clare's stroke teams develop a plan and begin treatment at once.
For stroke patients, inpatient beds have been dedicated at both locations,
and has specially trained nurses are available to provide this unique,
focused care. The Centers also offer a comprehensive community education
program focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of strokes.