Stroke care in Binghamton, New York
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke — every second counts. Signs of a stroke include sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Lourdes Emergency Department in Binghamton, New York, provides 24/7 emergency stroke care. Our care team specializes in treating stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). We quickly work together to help improve blood flow to the brain, stop a brain bleed, and help prevent a future stroke.
Stroke Care in Binghamton, New York
Lourdes is a New York Department of Health Designed Stroke Center for Broome County. Lourdes is also a designated Primary Stroke Center by the state of New York. We meet strict guidelines for quality, safety and education to help identify stroke and quickly provide care. Our stroke care team is trained to quickly identify and treat stroke from all causes and we have neurologists on-call 24/7. From the moment you enter the door, our care team is dedicated to your care.
If you or a loved one are experiencing warning signs of a stroke — sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm weakness and speech difficulty — every second counts. Call 911 and go to the nearest ER.
Helping you manage stroke recovery and rehabilitation
Care teams at Lourdes specialize in stroke care and recovery. We listen to you to understand your health concerns. Your care team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists work with you to create a care plan that's right for you. Our rehabilitation care team provides daily therapies and monitors your progress to help you meet your goals.
And our care doesn't stop when you leave the hospital — we can connect you to transitional care in your home, an outpatient stroke rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facilities. Our goal is to improve your quality of life after a stroke.
Frequently asked questions about stroke
How do I know if I'm having a stroke?
Stroke symptoms can occur suddenly. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER if you experience any of these stroke symptoms:
- Sudden loss of balance
- Lost or unclear vision
- Face drooping or uneven smile
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when there is a disruption in the blood supply to the brain. This disruption can occur from a blocked blood vessel in the brain or a blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the brain. When you are experiencing a stroke — every second counts. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER as soon as possible.
What should I do if I think someone else is having a stroke?
If you think someone is having a stroke, ask them to repeat a sentence back to you, smile at you, and raise both arms. If they have trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 right away. Stay with the person and note the time they began to have symptoms. This information can help the emergency room care team.
What is a mini-stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
When someone experiences stroke symptoms that go away in a short period of time (typically less than an hour), it may be considered a TIA (transient ischemic attack.) When blood flow to the brain is interrupted for a short period (usually less than five minutes), it may be a sign of a future stroke. TIA is an emergency, like a stroke. If you experience signs of a stroke or TIA, don't wait to see if the symptoms go away. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
How is stroke treated?
The sooner you get to the ER, the more options there may be for treatment. Medications and minimally invasive stroke interventions help prevent clots and dissolve blockages to restore blood flow to the brain. Endovascular procedures are used to repair a blood vessel from rupturing. Your doctors, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists help you recover after a stroke and help prevent a future stroke.