Providence Advanced Primary Stroke Center Provides State-of the-Art Treatment and Support
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States. Almost 130,000 Americans die each year from stroke – that’s 1 in every 19 deaths. On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
The Primary Stroke Center at Providence is certified by The Joint Commission and provides our stroke patients with the most efficient, specialized care in the area. Stroke patients who come to Providence Hospital are provided advanced care and support to achieve a full recovery and minimize the risk of another stroke through lifestyle changes.
The Background of Providence’s Stroke Program
People of all ages and backgrounds can have a stroke, but the risk of having a stroke varies with race and ethnicity. African American’s risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice that of Caucasians and they are more likely to die following a stroke.
The Providence Advanced Primary Stroke Center Serves a population with the highest percentage of risk factors for stroke among all of the Wards in the District. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are the key risk factors, which can be complicated with other medical conditions and lifestyle choices, including diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.
“CODE STROKE” Provides Swift Team Response at Providence
Each month, between 45 – 50 patients arrive at Providence Hospital with stroke-related symptoms, which include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg – especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one of both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
The providers at the Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Providence Hospital understand that for patients experiencing a stroke, time is the most essential factor in treatment and recovery.
When a CODE STROKE page is called at Providence Hospital, a team of specialists swiftly mobilize to diagnose the patient’s condition and begin treatment as quickly as possible. The Providence Stroke Team has numerous touch-points throughout the organization ready to respond to the specific needs of each patient, including:
- critical care nurses
- ER nurses
- lab technicians
- ICU technicians
- physical and occupational therapists
- speech therapists
Following treatment, a Case Manager works with each patient to arrange for a safe transition to the next level of care - whether that is home with clinical support services, or a rehabilitation facility such as Carroll Manor where a full team of specialists will continue to help them get back to active living.
Stroke Support Groups Reduce the Risk of Reoccurrence in Providence Patients
The Providence Advanced Primary Stroke Center hosts bi-monthly Stroke Support Groups for stroke survivors and their caregivers. The Support Group meetings take place the first and third Thursdays of each month, in two convenient locations.
First Thursday Providence Hospital Senior Connection Meeting Room
Third Thursday Model Cities Senior Wellness Center 1901 Evarts St., NE Washington, DC
For More Information about Physician Specialists
To find a physician specialist, please call Providence Hospital’s Physician Referral Service at 1-855-823-WELL (9355) or use our Find a Physician search.