The Stroke Center at Watauga Medical Center is certified by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center following a detailed, on-site re-certification review of the hospital in January 2017. The certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care.
Our focus is to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients presenting with stroke symptoms. The Stroke Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to diagnose patients and provide the care needed to achieve the best possible outcomes.
We have partnered with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to provide Telestroke services at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital, with 24/7 access to acute stroke experts via two-way real time video consultation. Thanks to this network, emergency room physicians are able to receive on demand consultation to help diagnose strokes, develop care plans and take action if necessary.
Learn more about Telestroke Technology at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.
What is a stroke?
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost, i.e. speech, movement and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.
1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Recognizing the signs can be essential minimizing the long-term effects. Your friends and family are counting on you to know the signs! Check out this infographic below. Print it out to display in your home or workplace. Read More: How to recognize the signs of Stroke (infographic)
The Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network serves in approximately 24 counties in western North Carolina and southern Virginia. Its goal is to assist community hospitals in their efforts to prevent death and reduce disability caused by strokes. Read More: Telestroke Technology Available at ARHS
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