Stroke is a serious condition that requires clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional.
Our Stroke Care Team
Sparks Stroke Team is the only in the region that provides complete neurovascular care and expertise. Our highly trained staff includes neurovascular neurologists, a vascular neurosurgeon and an interventional neuroradiologist, which means we can treat any stroke of any severity.
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Many risk factors for stroke can be changed or managed, while others that relate to hereditary or natural processes cannot be changed.
When an area of the brain is damaged, which typically occurs with a stroke, an impairment may result.
Sparks Stroke Care
Sparks has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital follows national standards and guidelines published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association for stroke care. Less than 1% of all hospitals in the United States have received this certification.
Sparks has also been named a "Top Stroke Center" by the American Heart Association.
Furthermore, Sparks Stroke Care is rated #1 in the state of Arkansas for both medical excellence and patient safety according to the Delta Group’s CareChex research for 2011. When compared to all hospital stroke care programs nationwide, Sparks Stroke Care is ranked in the top 2% for medical excellence and the top 3% in patient safety, according to CareChex.
Sparks Receives Stroke Quality Award
The American Heart Association has awarded Sparks Regional Medical Center with the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award acknowledges the Sparks stroke care team’s success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment adhering to nationally accepted guidelines provided by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Learn more.
Telemedicine Stroke Program
Sparks Regional Medical Center is the only primary hospital partner in the Arkansas SAVES telemedicine program that provides immediate life-saving treatments to stroke patients at 11 participating regional hospitals via video communication available 24 hours a day.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of 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 or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Not all warning signs appear with every stroke. Don't ignore symptoms if they go away. Still seek medical attention. Call 911 and come to the emergency department at Sparks Regional Medical Center. Stroke is the nation's third leading cause of death and on average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds. Know the warning signs, don't take chances, don't delay.
Why go to a Primary Stroke Center?
A Primary Stroke Center means you are in the best possible place for stroke care.
Your Primary Stroke Center at Sparks Regional Medical Center has met rigorous standards as established by The Joint Commission, in conjuction with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
Primary Stroke Center certification designates hospitals with advanced technology, infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients of all ages with all types of strokes.
- Prepared to treat all types of strokes quicker than non-certified hospitals
- 24/7 stroke team access
- Advanced imaging technology and protocols
- Seamless integration with the ER
F.A.S.T. is the easy way to remember the signs of a stroke. Know the signs and call 911 immediately.
Why Every Second Counts
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
- When you are having a stroke, a blockage or hemorrhage cuts off oxygen to part of the brain
- Every second that goes by costs thousands of brain cells, which may or may not be recovered
- Survival and degree of recovery depend on how quickly a precise diagnosis can be made and treatment can begin
The gold seal means you are in the right place
The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval means you are in the best possible place for stroke care. Learn more.