Monday, May 9, 2011

Loyola University Health System Observes Stroke-Awareness Month

Loyola University Medical Center will observe Stroke Awareness Month with several activities in May. On May 3, National Stroke Alert Day, drinking cups in the hospital cafeteria will display stroke warning signs. On May 15, a noon Mass for stroke patients will be celebrated in Loyola’s Paul Galvin Memorial Chapel. On May, 17, a stroke information-and-screening event will be held in the hospital cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Throughout the week of May 19th, an information booth will be set up outside Jazzman’s Cafe in the Hospital Tower. On May 9th, an authoritative textbook on stroke, co-edited by Dr. José Biller, will be published. Biller is an internationally known stroke specialist at Loyola. The text, “Evidence-based Management of Stroke,” reviews the evidence for both medical and surgical therapies as well as preventive strategies. Sections examine the impact of various risk factors and special populations. There are sections on stroke after cardiovascular surgeries and special risks during pregnancy and childhood stroke. Biller is chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. His co-editor is Dr. José Ferro of the Hospital de Santa Maria in Lisbon, Portugal. Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States and second-leading cause of disability. On average, someone dies of stroke every four minutes. Each year, there are nearly 800,000 new or recurrent strokes and more than 137,000 deaths from stroke. Prompt treatment and multidisciplinary care and rehabilitation can make a big difference in stroke outcomes.

Loyola provides evidence-based specialized stroke care from a multidisciplinary team of stroke experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Loyola is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. For the third year in a row, Loyola University Hospital has won a Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award is given to hospitals that achieve 85 percent or higher in adherence to all stroke performance guidelines and 75 percent or higher in compliance with six of 10 stroke quality measures. These measures include aggressive use of clot-busting drugs, blood thinners, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation. The following are signs and symptoms of stroke:

*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 or coordination *Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you experience any of these signs, call 911.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.