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What Should I do if I’m Having a Stroke?

~ As Appeared in the March 2018 Issue of North Shore News ~

A: The most common symptoms of a stroke include facial drooping, sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or legs — especially if it only happens on one side of your body. This often will cause dizziness or loss of balance or coordination. You may feel a sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech. Sudden changes in vision or severe headaches can also be present. If you experience any of these symptoms let your doctor know as soon as possible or get to the emergency room immediately.

Kahuku Medical Center is proud to announce that we have partnered with Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) to provide telestroke services to our community through our emergency room (ER)! Through this service, those who suspect or are having a stroke can be seen in our ER while also receiving the care of a QMC neurologist through the advancements of telemedicine and real-time video conferencing. This puts the specialty staff at QMC together with the board-certified emergency physician in our ER. There is a saying in medicine that ‘time is brain’ – for every minute someone
is suffering from a stroke they can lose up to 1.9 million neurons. Time is of the essence!

Since becoming a telestroke facility we have been privileged to help several members of our community reduce or completely avoid the long-term complications of a stroke. This is a great example of how quick action, technology and modern medicine and the award-winning care at Kahuku Medical Center can work together to save patient lives or avoid more critical health issues.
Come see us at the Kahuku Medical Center’s Primary Care Clinic. We are here to help you get well
and stay well! Ask us your medical question anonymously which we are more than
happy to answer at: http://www.kmc-hi.org/atd