Certified Primary Stroke Center
The specially trained stroke team and emergency personnel at Texoma Medical Center (TMC) are ready 24 hours a day to quickly respond to stroke emergencies and begin treatment. We are the first hospital in the Texoma area to have a neurointerventional suite for advanced diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
TMC is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a recognition considered to be the gold standard for stroke patient care. We have also been designated as a Level II Primary Stroke Facility by the Texas Department of Health Services, and earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or stopped. Within a few minutes of a stroke, brain cells begin to die. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US and can lead to long-term disability. Problems that can arise include weakness in an arm or leg after a small stroke to paralysis and loss of speech in larger strokes. This is why it's so important to get medical attention as quickly as possible.
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Stroke Types and Symptoms
There are two kinds of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. In ischemic stroke, the most common type, a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain. In hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. Symptoms of possible stroke include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body
- Difficulty with speaking or understanding speech
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
Neurointerventional Suite for Diagnosis and Treatment
Our neurointerventional suite offers biplane angiography, an advanced, minimally invasive technology used to diagnose and treat stroke and other neurological conditions. TMC is the first hospital in the Texoma area to provide this service.
This minimally invasive procedure may offer patients less risk of bleeding and infection as well as a faster recovery compared to traditional brain surgery. The biplane system has two rotating cameras that recreate detailed 3D views of the blood vessels leading to the brain and within the brain. The system is capable of producing images simultaneously from two regions of a patient’s head, from front to back and side to side, decreasing the amount of time it takes to complete a neurological angiogram.
If you or someone you're with has any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or get yourself or them to a hospital immediately. Staff in the emergency department will administer acute stroke medications to try to stop a stroke while it is happening. Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, is treated with the 'clot-busting' drug known as tPA. To be most effective, tPA must be given within the first hour of stroke symptom onset
Use the acronym BE FAST to quickly identify possible strokes:
The best way to keep your brain healthy is to avoid a stroke in the first place. The best ways to prevent stroke are to do the following:
- Keep your blood pressure controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medications
- Don't smoke or stop smoking
- Take steps to manage your cholesterol
- Limit your alcohol consumption
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
Stroke Support Group
Survivors of stroke can get information, education and encouragement from other suvivors by participating in support groups at TMC.