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CHRISTUS Spohn Corpus Christi Awarded for Stroke Program

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline recently received two prestigious national awards for its innovative and successful stroke program. Photo by Roland Chiapoco

Two prestigious national awards were recently given to the Stroke Program at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline. The program received the “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke” Gold-Plus and the “Target Stroke: Honor Roll Elite” Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

To earn the awards, the hospital met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, including the use of advanced medications and risk-reduction therapies.

The fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, strokes occur somewhere in the nation every 40 seconds. Someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, while 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

The quicker a stroke victim receives medical attention the better. Every second counts as a stroke deprives the brain of oxygen and nutrients needed to survive.

Common signs of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body); sudden confusion; sudden trouble speaking or understanding; sudden blurred vision or trouble seeing; and trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination.

Call 9-1-1 immediately for assistance when any of these signs appear.

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi Shoreline is located at 600 Elizabeth St. Call (361) 881-3000 for more information. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

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