Every year, hundreds of people are admitted to Utah hospitals for stroke-related complications. While the effects of stroke can be damaging, they can be significantly minimized with early intervention and treatment. Ogden Regional Medical Center is a state-certified Primary Stroke Center, a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, and an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association certified receiving facility. We are staffed with an experienced, proven team of physicians that deliver advanced stroke care.
Ogden Regional Medical Center is the most trusted resource in our region for stroke education, innovation and evidence-based care. We are committed to your health and healing through excellent service, compassionate care, integrity, mutual respect and continuous improvement.
To find out more information about our stroke center, call us at (801) 479-2839.
Certified Stroke Center in Ogden, Utah
We are in the top 15 percent nationally for stroke care, which makes us one of four Utah hospitals to be recognized for stroke care by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organization.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. It affects around 700,000 people each year, causing approximately 163,000 deaths annually. If left untreated, a stroke victim loses 1.9 million neurons every minute. Compared to the normal rate of aging, that translates to the human brain aging 3.6 years every hour it goes without treatment.
Types of stroke
When treating stroke, it is important to treat stroke according to what type of stroke it is. Ogden Regional Medical Center is proud to offer ischemic stroke treatment, as well as hemorrhagic stroke treatment.
An ischemic stroke occurs when the artery that supplies oxygen and blood flow is blocked. Blood clots often cause these type of blockages that lead to ischemic strokes.
Transient ischemic attacks (TIA), or “mini-strokes,” differ from ischemic strokes because the blood flow is blocked for a short time—typically five minutes or less. This type of stroke is a warning sign of a future stroke, but is still considered a medical emergency.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an artery ruptures and leaks blood onto the brain cells. The leaked blood damages brain cells because there is too much pressure on them. Conditions like high blood pressure and aneurysms can lead to hemorrhagic stroke.
Stroke warning signs
A stroke, sometimes referred to as a "brain attack," is a sudden interruption of blood supply to the brain. Within minutes, the brain tissue starts to die and, as a result, the victim experiences a sudden loss of function.
The harm that comes from a stroke can be greatly reduced if victims receive acute treatment within the "window of opportunity" —three hours from the first signs of stroke. Stroke symptoms often come on very suddenly but sometimes occur over several minutes. In any case, seek immediate medical attention if you experience or observe any one of the following warning signs.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Learning to identify the signs of a potential stroke can be a lifesaver. By quickly evaluating the face, arms and speech, you are increasing his/her likelihood of receiving appropriate emergency care for the best results possible.
Think F.A.S.T. to recognize stroke
F — Face
Is one side of the face drooping down?
A — Arms
Does either arm drift down when raised?
S — Speech
Is speech slurred or confusing?
T — Time
If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1.