On average, someone suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. In all, 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. The statistics are staggering, and make it clear why quick diagnosis and treatment is so important if you think you or a loved one may be having a stroke. At Jennersville Hospital, we know that a stroke can happen at any time. We’re ready all the time—24 hours a day to provide vital, immediate attention.
The emergency department at Jennersville Hospital is now a part of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network, which gives the people of Chester County access to neurologists and neurosurgeons close to home. That's important, because your chances to survive and recover from a stroke are much higher when you get the right emergency treatment right away.
Also referred to as a "brain attack", strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. There are two different types:
- Ischemic stroke: when a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain.
- Hemorrhagic stroke: when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissue.
Quick reaction is essential regardless of stoke type, and knowing the signs of a stroke can be the difference between minimal and severe damage.
Know the symptoms:
- Confusion or difficulty speaking/understanding
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face or on one side of the body
- Sudden severe headache
- Unexplained dizziness and/or loss of balance
If you think you are having a stroke, or suspect a loved one is, call 911 immediately.
Impact Of Stroke (Stroke Statistics)
In an emergency dial 9-1-1 and know where to go.
For more information, please call: (610) 869-1000