NARMC has received the Site Excellence Award denoting our work as being ‘above the rest’ in the care of stroke patients.
What causes a stroke? Whenever the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving your brain of oxygen and nutrients, a stroke occurs and brain cells begin to die. This can happen when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, or if a blood clot forms or lodges in the brain. In all cases, strokes are medical emergencies and prompt treatment is required to minimize brain damage and other complications.
Fortunately, many fewer Americans die of stroke now than even 15 years ago. This is because of improved treatments and increased awareness around the symptoms of a stroke. Closely monitoring blood pressure, incorporating a healthy lifestyle and better eating habits are obvious ways to minimize the possibility of stroke.
AR SAVES is a telemedicine program that links NARMC emergency room doctors to specially trained stroke specialists at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The program links these physicians via live, two-way video, available 24 hours a day. Led by the UAMS Center for Distance Health, the AR SAVES program ensures the best possible diagnosis and treatment delivered to our patients as quickly as possible. When a stroke occurs, time matters!