stroke_webWhy Choose the RBMC Stroke Center

Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is a member of the Capital Health Institute of Neurosciences Network, a premier provider of specialized care for those with cerebral emergencies, to provide neurological care at the local level. For patients requiring a more advanced level of care, our partnership with Capital Health enables us to quickly and safely transfer these patients to a more optimal, highly specialized treatment setting that better meets their needs.

  • Our Emergency Department’s on-call stroke team will reach a patient’s bedside within 5 minutes of stroke symptoms being identified.
  • Our Imaging Department offers state-of- the art technologies to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
  • We have a designated inpatient stroke unit and rehabilitation facility to optimize stroke recovery.

Know the Facts About Stroke – They Make Save Your Life

  • Eighty percent of strokes are preventable.

More than 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, and 157,000 of them die because of it. That translates into one stroke every 45 seconds and one life every three minutes.

  • Most strokes are treatable.

A majority of stroke victims can experience a complete recovery when treated within three hours of the stroke’s onset.

What are the Signs of a Stroke?

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately or get to the closest hospital emergency room. Every second counts because time lost is brain lost.

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

How Can I Prevent a Stroke?

  • Watch your cholesterol and blood pressure, and modify them if necessary.
  • Manage such medical conditions as diabetes and heart disease.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Practice good nutrition by choosing healthier foods, such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
  • Exercise regularly, with permission and guidance from your physician.

Am I at Risk for a Stroke?

Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity/poor diet
  • If you are over the age 55
  • Personal or family history of stroke or heart disease
  • Gender (Stroke is more common in men)
  • Race (African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke than Caucasians)

Why is Diagnosis and Treatment Urgent?

When stroke occurs, nearly two million brain cells are lost with each passing minute. Left to run its natural course, a stroke can result in permanent brain damage.

More than 80 percent of strokes can be effectively treated with the FDA-approved, clot-busting drug known as tPA. When tPA
is administered within three hours of a
stroke caused by a blood clot, this medication may dissolve the blood clot and treat the stroke. It can mean the difference between permanent disability and a full recovery, making it essential that individuals arrive at the hospital within one hour of experiencing stroke symptoms.

For more information about Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Stroke Center, call 732.324.4970.

To schedule a stroke awareness presentation or health screening for your community organization, call 732.324.5351.