Catholic Health Stroke Care Network
Catholic Health's Stroke Care Network is close by - circling the region - from Lewiston to South Buffalo, including the region's only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital.
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo is the only hospital in Buffalo certified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the highest stroke designation available in the nation. At Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, our physicians and staff with specialty training in the treatment of stroke are dedicated to treating the people in our region. Our Joint Commission certification as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center means that our patients receive:
- Improved quality of care
- A higher standard of service
- Access to treatment for the most complex stroke cases
- A dedicated neuro critical care unit that provides care 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week for complex stroke patients
- Advanced-imaging capabilities
Our team provides a comprehensive approach to stroke care before, during, and after a stroke; through preventative, emergency, and rehabilitative care.
Our Stroke Care Network also includes New York State Designated Stroke Centers at:
- Kenmore Mercy Hospital - A Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center
- Sisters of Charity Hospital
- Mount St. Mary's Hospital
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke).
Prior to a major stroke, people sometime experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) in which a clot obstructs an artery for a short time and creates stroke-like symptoms. Since these "temporary" or "mini-strokes" last only minutes or hours, people often ignore them.
Go to the emergency room for any of these symptoms, even if they resolve. Follow up with your doctor to help prevent a debilitating stroke.
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. Therefore, every second counts. If a stroke is not treated immediately, the death of brain cells will lead directly to loss of function—paralysis, loss of speech, loss of vision and even death. Our five Stroke Centers are located throughout Western New York to get you the level of care you need as quickly as possible.
If you think you are experiencing stroke symptoms should call 911 immediately. Symptoms include:
- Weakness, numbness, or paralysis of the arms or legs, especially on one side of the body
- Inability to hold arm upward
- Facial droop, inability to smile
- Un-explainable worst headache of life, light is bothersome, neck stiffness
- Severe dizziness, loss of balance
- Loss of normal vision
- Confusion and problems with speech – can’t think of a word, can’t say a word
Risk Factors of Stroke
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What Can You Do to Prevent a Stroke?
- Keep your blood pressure low.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Get regular exercise.
- Eat healthy.
- Don't smoke.
- Visit your doctor for an Atrial Fibrillation check-up.
- Take medication as prescribed by a physician.
Click here to read about the different types of stroke, different treatments offered at Catholic Health's stroke centers, and much more.