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“Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,”

Stroke care provided at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus was recently recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award.

“Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” CEO Jeff Patterson said.

Stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death, according to the CDC website.

If something happens to block the flow of blood, brain cells start to die within minutes because they can’t get oxygen and cause a stroke. There are two types of stroke:

• Ischemic stroke occurs when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels to the brain. Fatty deposits called plaque can also cause blockages by building up in the blood vessels.

• Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Blood builds up and damages surrounding brain tissue.

A primary stroke center, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus qualified for recognition on the Target: Honor Roll for meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes,” Patterson said.