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Abrazo West Campus and Abrazo Arrowhead Campus received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Quality Achievement and Target: Stroke awards.

“Abrazo Health is dedicated to providing quality care for each of the communities we serve,” Abrazo CEO Brian Elisco said. “This recognition acknowledges our network’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.”

He added that signs of stroke and other emergencies shouldn’t be ignored.

“Your health can’t wait. It’s important to seek care if you are experiencing a symptom that is affecting your ability to function. Don’t delay care, because it could lead to significant complications,” said Elisco.

Stroke facts:

• A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death, according to the CDC.

• Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the country.

• A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die.

• 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.

Abrazo Health includes Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo Mesa Hospital, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo West Campus—along with freestanding emergency centers, urgent care, primary care and specialty physician practices. Abrazo Surprise Hospital and Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital are under construction. For more information, visit abrazohealth.com.