As an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center, our stroke team provides an organized approach to expedite the treatment of, modify stroke-related risk factors for, and reduce disability in stroke patients. This certification is awarded only to hospitals that meet standards set by The Joint Commission for being a leader in the identification, intervention and treatment of stroke care for patients.
Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
According to the American Heart & Stroke Associations, stroke is the #5 cause of death in the US.
To our hospital team, achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification is an important accomplishment. To our community, it’s assurance that the resources and quality care for stroke treatment will be ready and waiting when needed.
Prevention & Education
Learn more about what happens to your body during a stroke, and what you can do to prevent one. A healthy lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing your risk for disability and death from stroke and heart attack.LEARN MORE
Expert Stroke Care
Meet our Stroke Coordinator, Ashley Johnson, as she explains what it means for CPRMC to be an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.LEARN MORE
Recovery & Resources
You are NOT alone in your journey of recovery from stroke. There are many resources locally and nationally to help you and your loved ones understand stroke, meet other stroke survivors, and access stroke support.LEARN MORE
Understanding a Stroke
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptures. When this happens, brain cells don’t get the blood that they need. Deprived of oxygen, nerve cells stop working and die within minutes. Then, the part of the body they control can’t function either. The effects of stroke may be permanent depending on how many cells are lost, where they are in the brain, and other factors.
You and your family should recognize the warning signs of stroke. You may have some or all of these signs. Note the time when symptoms start and call 9-1-1 or go directly to the Emergency Room. Stroke is a medical emergency! Don’t ignore these warning signs, even if they go away. Timing is important. There are treatments that can be considered within 4 1/2 hours of the onset of symptoms. Remember to think FAST if you suspect a stroke.
STROKE WARNING SIGNS INCLUDE
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Excellent Stroke Care Saved Patient's Life
When Hartsville citizen, Don Rowe, began experiencing a stroke at home, his wife knew he needed to be rushed to the Carolina Pines Emergency Department quickly. After receiving timely care, Don is recovered and living his life to the fullest.