Stroke Awareness and Prevention
Port Huron Hospital is certified by the Joint Commission and the
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a
Primary Stroke Center
Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association, recently awarded Port Huron
Hospital with Advanced
Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This means Port Huron
Hospital is recognized for its state-of-the-art services, training and
staff when treating stroke patients. Certified stroke centers are
well-known for their high quality of care and for fostering better
outcomes for their patients.
To qualify, a hospital must demonstrate Primary Stroke Center
capabilities in addition to maintaining performance standards for
Primary Stroke Center certification. Primary Stroke Center standards
a dedicated stroke-focused program
staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in
individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs
patient involvement in their hospital care
coordination of post-discharge patient
additional elements of care essential to supporting
better stroke patient outcomes
Stroke is an emergency and a brain attack, it cuts off blood
flow and oxygen to the brain causing death of neurons (brain
Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and the leading cause
of disability in the United States
Approximately 795,000 strokes occur yearly, one occurs every 40
seconds, and takes a life every 4 minutes Risk factors for
stroke are hypertension, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation,
diabetes, smoking, prior stroke or TIA, and alcohol use.
Women are twice as likely to die from a stroke than breast
cancer annually Use the Act FAST test to remember warning signs:
F=Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of
the face droop?
A=Arms Ask the person to raise both arms. Does
one arm drift downward?
S=Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple
sentence. Does the speech sound slurred?
T-Time If the answer is yes to any of the above
call 911 immediately.
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