if you or someone you are with is having a stroke!
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel going to the brain is disrupted either by a blood clot or a ruptured vessel. This process is similar to that which occurs in a heart attack. Deprived of oxygen, the nerve cells in the affected area of the brain cannot function and often die. The parts of the body controlled by those cells are then unable to function.
Major Risk Factors for Stroke:
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- High blood cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
Warning Signs of Stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
For more information about stroke: 2013 Minnesota Stroke Fact Sheet (PDF: 155 KB/2 pages)
Minnesota Stroke Partnership
The Minnesota Department of Health convenes partners across the state to address stroke issues together. For information about participating in this group, please visit the Minnesota Stroke Partnership website or contact us directly at (651) 201-5401.
Minnesota Stroke Registry Program
The Minnesota Department of Health encourages voluntary participation by hospitals in the Minnesota Stroke Registry Program. This stroke quality improvement program offers a free web-based data collection tool, regional education workshops, learning collaboratives, and assistance to help hospitals become acute stroke-ready. For information about participating in this program, visit our Minnesota Stroke Registry Program website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota Stroke System
With stroke, time lost is brain lost. More than one-third of Minnesotans live over 60 minutes away from a primary stroke center. Nearly 1 in 3 stroke victims arrive first at a small, rural hospital, which highlights the need to make sure that every community hospital is equipped to treat acute stroke patients.
The Minnesota Department of Health partnered with the American Heart Association to convene the Minnesota Stroke System Council to develop an acute stroke system for Minnesota. The charge for this group was to:
- Adopt standard protocols for emergency medical services to assess and triage stroke patients.
- Identify hospitals that can treat stroke patients and meet criteria to participate in the system.
- Create the parameters for data collection, performance improvement, and system coordination and monitoring.
Planning concluded in December 2012. Legislation was passed in the 2013 Minnesota Legislature to authorize the Minnesota Department of Health to designate hospitals. This legislation is found in the health and human services omnibus bill. You can also download a pdf of the stroke hospital designation language from SF1034.2.
The next phase for the system will be to prepare for hospital designations. We anticipate the designation process to begin in January 2014.
For more information, please contact Albert Tsai at email@example.com.