Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage and disability, such as trouble moving, speaking or thinking, or death.
Treatment, called a tPA, can be given within the first three hours after symptoms start and can reduce the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability. Less than 5% of patients who would be eligible for tPA receive it. Why? Because they waited too long to seek attention.
Acting fast to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
In case of a stroke, go to the nearest stroke center. Once you are stabilized at your nearest stroke center, you may be transferred to Mercy Hospital, the area's only Comprehensive Stroke Center, if you require complex procedures.
If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, trust Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, the area's only Comprehensive Stroke Center, to make every second count.
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Mercy Hospital can treat the most complex stroke cases, with highly specialized staff, equipment and facilities.
No other hospital in Western New York and fewer than 100 hospitals in the nation are Comprehensive Stroke Centers. Click here to learn more.
Catholic Health has more designated stroke centers than any other system in the region, giving you emergency treatment that's close to home.
These three hospitals have all been named Designated Stroke Centers by the New York State Department of Health:
In most cases, patients admitted to Designated Stroke Centers:
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus for quality stroke care.
These hospitals met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards, Mercy Hospital Awards, Sisters Hospital Awards).
In addition, Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been awarded a special certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke care program. Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Centers are held to high standards for quality, safety and patient care outcomes. (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards)
In addition to our three Designated Stroke Centers, our stroke treatment facilities include:
By circling the Buffalo region with high quality stroke services, Catholic Health hopes to make a significant impact on one of the leading causes of death and disability in the area.
Spotlight on Health
In August 2013, Dr. Lee Guterman was a featured guest of the Spotlight on Health radio show, which airs on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. on Joy FM 96.1. As a guest on the radio station's 30-minute program, Dr. Guterman explains what a stroke is, what causes it, and how it is treated.
There are a number of risk factors that can put someone at a higher risk of having a stroke. These include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure; a medical history that includes heart disease, diabetes, or stroke; and high cholesterol.
Attend our Mission on the Move events to receive free cholesterol, glucose (diabetes) and blood pressure screenings, followed by a personal consultation with a Catholic Health nurse. Visit our events calendar for upcoming screenings.
The Stroke Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a .m. to 11 a.m. in the OLV Senior Neighborhood Community Room at 55 Melroy Avenue in Lackawanna.
Attendance is free and open to all, including those recently diagnosed stoke patients, long-term stroke survivors, family members and loved ones.