August 24, 2009 by
SAF received the following message from a Stoke Survivor and Stroke Advocate living in the San Joaquin, California:
I just received the best call ever. Someone listening to the presentation I made in Tracy 2 weeks ago called. She said that a co-worker, while sitting at his desk , started having a stroke. Remembering the presentation, she started FAST, called 911, and was able to get him to the hospital within the 1st hour of the stroke symptoms. He was taken to Washington Hospital in Fremont, a Certified Stroke Center. Yes!-
She shared this information as an FYI to me but she didn’t know what that did for me. She blessed me by letting me know that one person truly benefited from our efforts. Thanks for being my coach. It feels won-der-ful!
August 19, 2009 by
To view four episodes of excellent public service messages on stroke visit www.kliv.com.
Stroke is the #3 killer in Santa Clara County. However, when added with its close cousin heart disease, the combined diseases of the circulatory system kill more people locally than any other cause of death.Stroke Awareness Foundation: www.strokeinfo.org.
Many of these deaths are preventable through good lifestyle choices and understanding the warning signs of a stroke.
There are several good resources for stroke education. In Santa Clara County we highly recommend the
Click here for a map of all eight Primary Stroke Centers in Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley is fortunate to have the greatest concentration of Certified Primary Stroke Centers in the U.S. These are hospitals that specialize in stroke treatment.
When strokes happen, time is of the essence, the sooner you seek appropriate treatment the better your odds of survival. KLIV suggests that you review the list, and identify the Primary Stroke Center closest to where you live and work. This knowledge could save your life!
El Camino Hospital
Kaiser Permanente Santa Teresa Hospital
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Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Stroke Program
Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Primary Stroke Center
Good Samaritan Hospital
Primary Stroke Center
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Stanford Stroke Center
August 11, 2009 by
Consider your brain as your library - 100,000 books, another 100,000 periodicals, a million articles and billions of yet to be catalogued bits of data – all about you, about your mechanics, balance, speech, memory and memories, sights and taste…your history in a building.
Now imagine an attack on your brain, like a fire in the library. Some books will be burned beyond recognition, some only slightly, but other collateral damage may occur by heat, smoke or water. Some of the knowledge in those books may be lost forever; but much may be recovered through careful restoration, and some more rediscovered by finding it in other volumes in different parts of the library. This is also true with our brain. Stop Stroke before it Stops You!
August 05, 2009 by
DID YOU KNOW?
· SAF has been instrumental in helping local hospitals become certified stroke centers. Good Samaritan Hospital was the 1st of 5 in the country and the 1st in Santa Clara County. There are now 25 Joint Commission Certified Stroke Centers in the Bay Area, with five Bay Area hospitals working towards certification.
· There are eight Primary Stroke Centers certified by the Joint Commission for Accreditation in Santa Clara County. This represents nearly 20% of all 48 Stroke Centers in California and remains the largest concentration in any county within the USA.
· SAF was a successful participant in crafting and building support with the County Board of Supervisors, resulting in their unanimous approval of a redirection policy for emergency medical transportation so that all stroke victims in Santa Clara County will be transported to a Certified Stroke Center, the first in the state of California.
· Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) can restore blood flow and improve the chances of escaping disability. tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the acute treatment of ischemic stroke. Nationally t-PA usage is 1.3% to 3.3%. Santa Clara County’s t-PA rates have dramatically increased over the last three years (6.2% 2006) (6.9 % 2007) and 7.0% 2008.
· Santa Clara County paramedics that we helped train have performed with 95% accuracy in identifying stroke 100% of these patients were taken to a stroke center immediately!
· SAF is a member of the UCLA, Stanford, and California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Research Ethics Advisory Team that will develop a stem cell-based therapy for stroke.
· We have spearheaded the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula to become a Joint Commission Stroke Center and fostered an agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital to support their program and be the referring hospital.