Advanced stroke care in Denver
When it comes to stroke, every second counts. From initial diagnostics and intervention to ongoing care, having expertise close by in Lone Tree and surrounding communities can dramatically affect recovery. At Sky Ridge Medical Center, our emergency care physicians, neurologists and cardiologists work hand-in-hand to provide fast, precise stroke care. We even work with local EMS to help stroke patients receive care faster.
When you suspect you or a loved one might be having a stroke, always call 911 so care can begin as soon as possible.
Sky Ridge Medical Center has received multiple designations for our advanced stroke care, including being one of the Women’s Choice Award America’s Best Stroke Centers of 2018 and a Get with the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus facility as designated by the American Stroke Association.
Sky Ridge is the first hospital in south metro Denver to offer endovascular thrombectomy for the treatment of stroke. Thrombectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure that is used to remove the clot that is preventing blood flow to the brain. Patients who undergo the endovascular thrombectomy early enough often recover with little to no lasting long-term damage. That is why selecting the right hospital for stroke care is so important.
During this procedure, a small incision is made to access the artery so that our doctors can effectively remove the obstruction that is blocking blood flow, dramatically reducing the damage certain types of stroke can cause.
The average time at Sky Ridge from diagnostic testing to confirm a stroke to the completion of endovascular thrombectomy is less than one hour. At Sky Ridge, we are able to have a blocked artery open in less than 20 minutes with patients only needing light sedation.
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops, causing cells to begin to die. Approximately 30,000 brain cells die each second during a stroke. This is why it is crucial for medical personnel to intervene as quickly as possible to stop the stroke, limit damage and increase your chances for recovery. That is why you may often here “time is brain.” Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help save lives. Being able to identify a stroke and knowing to seek immediate medical care is one of the most proactive steps you can take towards combatting stroke. Warning signs may include:
What is a stroke?
Know the signs of stroke
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops, causing cells to begin to die. Approximately 30,000 brain cells die each second during a stroke. This is why it is crucial for medical personnel to intervene as quickly as possible to stop the stroke, limit damage and increase your chances for recovery. That is why you may often here “time is brain.”
Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help save lives. Being able to identify a stroke and knowing to seek immediate medical care is one of the most proactive steps you can take towards combatting stroke. Warning signs may include:
Stroke Alert program
Sky Ridge Medical Center is proud to participate in the Stroke Alert program in partnership with local EMS professionals in the field. Stroke Alert, a program developed at HealthONE, works in collaboration with physicians and EMS agencies, enabling first responders to diagnose, transport and treat stroke patients and therefore minimize the effects of stroke.
Stroke can be treated in a number of ways, mostly depending on when the onset of symptoms occurs. For stroke patients who are able to receive care within the first four hours of symptom onset, tPA, a type of clot-busting drug, may be an option. For other patients, a procedure may be necessary.
Sky Ridge uses the latest advances in stroke technology with the InTouch Health Remote Presence®. This allows our patients exhibiting stroke symptoms to be assessed almost instantly by a neurologist who specializes in stroke care. As a result, our ER physicians are able to work more quickly to treat stroke patients and reduce the long-term impacts stroke can cause.
The InTouch Health Remote Presence® telemedicine technology includes a camera and microphone, allowing for two-way audio and video, and a computer. All of this exists on a sleek, wheeled cart located in the Sky Ridge emergency department.
Risk factors for stroke
- Poor diet: A diet that is high in trans-fat, saturated fats and low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber increases your risk of having a stroke.
- Smoking: This is one of the greatest modifiable risk factors for stroke.
- Lack of physical activity: People who do not get moderate exercise regularly.
- Drug use: Use of drugs, particularly cocaine and amphetamines.
- Medical conditions, including:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Previous stroke
- Abnormalities of the blood clotting system
- Inflammation of the blood vessels
- Recent heart attack
- Heart valve disease
- Vascular disease
- Diabetes (or prediabetes)
- High blood pressure
- Blood fat disorders (such as high LDL cholesterol)
- Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
- Age: Your risk increases as you age.
- Genetic factors: Certain inherited traits may put a person at an increased risk.
- Ethnic background: African Americans are more likely to have hemorrhagic strokes.