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A stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked by a clot or bursts, interrupting blood flow to the brain. Deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the brain begins to die, resulting in disability or death.
HCC's Stroke Center treats patients who have had strokes and TIAs (transient ischemic attacks). TIAs produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage; about 20 percent of patients who have a TIA will have a stroke within a month.
HCC's Stroke Center provides:
- Emergency stroke treatments at both its New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses
- Education for hospital inpatients and the community on stroke risk factors and warning signs
- Coordination of rehabilitation services for stroke patients to ensure continuity of care for stroke patients
Rehabilitation services include physical, occupational and speech therapy
, Care Coordination/Continuing Care, Food and Nutrition Services and a variety of hospital wellness programs
that can help with lifestyle changes.
Certified Primary Stroke Center
The Hospital of Central Connecticut is certified by The Joint Commission
and designated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as a Primary Stroke Center, making quality stroke care easily accessible to Central Connecticut residents when minutes count.
The goal of the designation is to decrease premature deaths and disabilities associated with stroke and help to ensure rapid evaluation and treatment of stroke patients.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognitions
The hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for meeting specific stroke care quality measures for two or more consecutive years. These measures include aggressive use of clot-dissolving and cholesterol-reducing medications and other activities aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. In addition The Hospital of Central Connecticut received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognition for improving stroke care. Target: Stroke, a national quality campaign, aims to have hospitals provide t-PA— clot-dissolving medication – within 60 minutes of a stroke patient’s arrival.
Stroke Center Media