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A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, and it occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and it begins to deteriorate. The more quickly a stroke patient gets emergency care, the better the outcome.

Telestroke: A New Approach for Better Outcomes
Using two way videoconferencing capabilities in the ER, our innovative telestroke program provides timely access to neurologist with critical stroke expertise. This capability ensures that every patient, no matter where they live, receives the specialized treatment they need as quickly as possible. The stroke specialist has the ability to see and interact with the patient and their family directly.

Why Telestroke is Important
During a stroke, the brain is deprived of oxygen, so a person’s ability to speak, walk, feel, or move a limb is affected, and millions of brain cells die with each passing minute. The best chance at recovery means being evaluated and treated as soon as possible.

Using video conferencing, telestroke brings a specialist with neurologic expertise to the patient’s bedside. With a single phone call, doctors in the emergency department can quickly connect with Carolinas HealthCare System Neurosciences Institute, which is the largest stroke network in the Carolinas.

Scotland Health Care System is proud to provide expert stroke care close to home.

Signs of a Stroke: TIME IS BRAIN - BE FAST

B - Balance off/dizziness
E - Eyes (vision changes)

F - Face drop
A - One sides weakness of arms/legs
S - Speech changes
T - Time to call 9-1-1

If you’re having a stroke, getting care right away can save your life. If you or someone you know is having any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency center right away.