The Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Southern Regional Medical Center
Time lost is brain lost when it comes to strokes and since 1.9 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, there
isn't much time to lose. That's why, the stroke team at SRMC led
the way in creating the first
Advanced Primary Stroke Center on the southside of Atlanta.
Certified by the
Joint Commission in 2008, Southern Regional's Primary Stroke Center has steadily advanced
over the years achieving the bronze, silver, gold and most recently, gold-plus
awards for maintaining excellence in stroke care by the
American Heart and the
American Stroke Associations.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke, or brain attack, is the sudden loss of blood flow or bleeding
into the brain. There are three types of stroke: ischemic, hemorrhagic,
and transient ischemic attack (TIA). According to the
American Stroke Association, a stroke happens about once every 40 seconds to someone in the United States.
Read more about Stroke - Warning Signs & Risk Factors.
|Types of Stroke
Our "Miracles Happen": Stroke/Traumatic Brain Injury Support
Group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in
Southern Regional's Education Department. This is a support group
focusing on stroke survivors, their families, and caregivers. The group
works to help one another cope and adapt with life after stroke. This
group is led by Pat Buice, a caregiver whose son suffered a traumatic
brain injury around 20 years ago. Interested individuals can stop by any
meeting. For more information, email:
Tests That May Be Done For A Suspected Stroke
Technology allows the doctor to see how the brain looks, works, and receives
its blood supply. These tests can outline the affected part of the brain.
Most of these tests are safe, painless, and can be done as an outpatient.
However, in many cases, these tests are ordered when a patient is hospitalized
with a stroke. A doctor must decide on a case-by-case basis whether such
test will be useful, and if so, which ones to use.
Electrical Activity Test in Brain
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Types of Blood Flow Tests
- Carotid Doppler Ultrasound Test