Banner Health knows that when it comes to stroke care, every minute lapsed increases the risk for permanent brain damage.
That's why Banner hospitals in Arizona and Colorado are pioneers in using telemedicine programs to provide fast assessment and treatment for stroke patients.
Our telestroke programs uses secured video links to provide our patients immediate, around-the-clock access to neurologists.
No matter when you come to our Emergency department, you will be assessed within minutes by a board-certified neurologist, an expert in stroke care.
Banner Health has partnered with leading, board-certified neurologists teams across the country who examine patients in real-time by asking them questions and using the camera to zoom in for physical examinations.
These neurologists can provide a valuable consultation or second opinion to emergency room physicians and neurologists.
Each year about 795,000 people in the United States experience a stroke. It is the country’s third-leading cause of death.
There are two main types of stroke:
- An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked due to a clot in an artery. This clot blocks the flow of blood, and the oxygen it carries, to the brain.
- A hemorrhagic stroke is bleeding from the small brain arteries into the brain.
A third event called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a temporary blockage that lasts a few minutes but does not cause brain damage. A TIA can be a precursor to an actual stroke.
Correctly diagnosing the type of stroke is imperative because different types of strokes require different treatments.
Banner Hospitals using the telestroke program:
- Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz.
- McKee Medical Center, Loveland, Colo.
- North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colo.