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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is a Stroke Center

In 2005, Hudson Valley Hospital Center became the first in Northern Westchester/Putnam to be designated a Regional Stroke Center by the State Hospital Review and Planning Council. This means the Hospital has protocols in place to ensure a rapid response for patients experiencing stroke symptoms. When a stroke is suspected, our ER staff provides a fast evaluation of symptoms. The team also determines whether the patient is a candidate for Tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA), a medication that can minimize or even reverse the damage caused by the stroke if administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms.

"After much preparation, education, and certifications, the Hospital is equipped to provide a head-start in reducing the likelihood of long-term disabilities associated with stroke,” says John C. Federspiel, Hospital President.  “With only a 3-hour window to start treatment, the ability to identify warning signs and getting the person to our emergency room can be a life-saver."

What is a stroke?

A stroke is when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching brain tissue. Without oxygen and nutrients, brain cells start to die, leading to a loss of functions – eyesight, speech, movement etc. - controlled by the affected area of the brain.

Strokes are treatable and preventable. The faster a patient is treated, the greater the chance of recovery. For some types of stroke, treatment should be administered within the first three hours. To reduce the risk of brain damage and increase the chance of a full recovery, patients should get to a hospital as quickly as possible after the first sign of a stroke.

Some warning signs of stroke are:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance/coordination; sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability.