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“Abrazo West Campus is dedicated to providing quality care for residents of our communities,” said Christina Oh, chief executive officer."

Stroke care provided at Abrazo West Campus has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award.

“Abrazo West Campus is dedicated to providing quality care for residents of our communities,” said Christina Oh, chief executive officer.

Stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death, according to the CDC website.

If something happens to block the flow of blood, brain cells start to die within minutes because they can’t get oxygen and cause a stroke. There are two types of stroke:

• Ischemic stroke occurs when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels to the brain. Fatty deposits called plaque can also cause blockages by building up in the blood vessels.

• Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Blood builds up and damages surrounding brain tissue.

A primary stroke center, Abrazo West Campus qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

 “This recognition acknowledges the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence,” Oh said.