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Stroke patients need immediate intervention. UPMC Horizon’s emergency departments, located at the Shenango Valley and Greenville campuses, have the capability to diagnose and treat patients suffering from strokes.
Telemedicine services provide an immediate connection to experts at the UPMC Stroke Institute, and, if a higher level of care is needed, patients may be transferred to a tertiary care facility, such as UPMC Hamot or UPMC Presbyterian.
The UPMC Stroke Telemedicine program links emergency department physicians at UPMC’s community hospitals to experts at the UPMC Stroke Institute via high quality video conferencing equipment. Physicians at the Stroke Institute are able to assess the patient, read test results, and advise local physicians on appropriate treatment.
While you may choose any facility for your follow up care, the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Jameson provides inpatient rehabilitation for stroke patients. UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, which has two locations in UPMC Horizon’s service area, offers physical and occupational therapy, among other services, in an outpatient setting.
Home health care services are also available through UPMC Home Healthcare, though you may choose any home health care service you like.
If someone has a stroke, you need to act fast – as in F.A.S.T.
F – Face Drooping
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Difficulty
T – Time to Call 911
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