A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or a blood vessel breaks preventing normal blood flow to the brain. If a blockage or breakage occurs and blood to leaks into the brain tissue, it destroys it. Unfortunately, brain cells do not regenerate. The problems experienced after a stroke, like the inability to move one side of the body like before, numbness on one side of the body, or speech or visual problems, are usually a result of brain cells that have died due to stroke. Persons who have had one stroke are at risk for having another stroke. It is important that you take steps to prevent a stroke.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association awarded Emory Decatur Hospital the Stroke SILVER Achievement Award for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Achievement Indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. This means you can expect care that is consistent with the latest scientific guidelines from The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Our primary stroke program offers a variety of services and resources to prevent or treat stroke, including: