HEALTHCARE

Abrazo West Campus receives national stroke care award

By Independent Newsmedia
Posted 8/13/20

Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear is among four Abrazo Health hospitals across the Valley recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Quality Achievement and Target: Stroke awards.

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HEALTHCARE

Abrazo West Campus receives national stroke care award

Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear opened in 2003.
Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear opened in 2003.
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Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear is among four Abrazo Health hospitals across the Valley recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Quality Achievement and Target: Stroke awards.

The hospital received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus/Target Stroke Elite Award for 2020.

The awards underscore Abrazo’s investment in talent and technology to treat stroke and neurological disease in its hospitals across the Valley, the healthcare organization said in a press release.

“Abrazo Health is dedicated to providing quality care for each of the communities we serve,” Chief Executive Officer Brian Elisco said. “This recognition acknowledges our network’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.”

He added that signs of stroke and other emergencies shouldn’t be ignored.

“Your health can’t wait. It’s important to seek care if you are experiencing a symptom that is affecting your ability to function. Don’t delay care because it could lead to significant complications,” Mr. Elisco said.

Also honored were Abrazo Arrowhead, Abrazo Central and Abrazo Scottsdale

Some facts about strokes

  • A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year
  • A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die.
  • Ischemic stroke occurs when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels to the brain. Fatty deposits called plaque can also cause blockages by building up in the blood vessels.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Blood builds up and damages surrounding brain tissue.

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