Great News for Our Community! SGVMC's Primary Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission and the Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services Agency.
At San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, a specially trained multidisciplinary acute stroke team is available around the clock.
The rapid, coordinated efforts of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), emergency room physicians, and staff quickly identify stroke patients and immediately start medical and surgical interventions.
We recently upgraded our Diagnostic Imaging Center with the Aquilion™ 128-Slice CT scanner. Our new VeloCT console allows SGVMC to provide patients with the most advanced CT technology available. Faster scanning time, lower radiation dose, and unsurpassed image quality means that strokes can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can begin.
What is a Stroke?
Strokes don't affect just the ill or elderly – they can happen to anyone, at anytime. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of serious, long term disability in the United States – and according to the National Stroke Association, more than 75 percent of strokes are preventable.
A stroke is a vascular crisis or a "brain attack" in which a blood vessel in the brain breaks or a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain – both causing brain damage. A victim's speech, movement, and memory can be permanently affected by a stroke; however, immediate medical attention can minimize these effects.
Know the Signs
Signs of a possible stroke include:
- Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face or on one side of the body
- Unexplained dizziness and/or loss of balance
- Sudden severe headache
- Sudden loss of vision
- Difficulty swallowing
- Confusion or difficulty speaking / understanding.
Understand Your Risk
Your medical history and lifestyle choices can affect your likelihood of suffering a stroke. If you have one of the following risk factors, talk with a medical professional about how to minimize your risk:
- Age over 55
- Family history of stroke
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythm/condition
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High red blood cell count
- African American descent
- Previous "mini-strokes," also called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
A Stroke Survivor’s Experience
One of our primary goals is to prevent strokes before they occur. Our community outreach program provides stroke prevention education and health screenings for the community through health seminars, health fairs, and education materials.
For more information on prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke, please click here for the American Stroke Association: www.strokeassociation.org
SGVMC's Stroke Center Contact Information:
For questions about SGVMC's Stroke Program, please contact Stroke Coordinator Felma Quiocho, RN, MSN/Ed at 626.943.3759.