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Spot a Stroke and BE FAST

  • Balance - Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
  • Eyes - Sudden change in vision.
  • Face - Sudden weakness of the face.
  • Arms - Sudden weakness of an arm.
  • Speech - Sudden difficulty speaking.
  • Time - The time symptoms started.

If you or someone else shows signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 for immediate medical care.

BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Health Care.

Stroke FlyerDownload this flyer for a quick reference of stroke symptoms.

Quality of Stroke Care

Feel confident that you or your loved one will receive timely, effective stroke care at Cone Health so you can experience the best outcome possible.

Skilled, Timely Stroke Treatment

More than 1300 of your family, friends, and neighbors received stroke treatment at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital from Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018 to September 2019).  Our specialized multi-disciplinary stroke team is here 24-7 using cutting-edge technology and ready to provide you and your loved ones with fast and advanced stroke treatment.   

Clot-busting Treatment

Timely treatment with a clot dissolving medication (tPA or tissue plasminogen activator), has been shown to significantly improve stroke outcomes.  tPA can be administered in most cases up to 4.5 hours from the start of stroke symptoms.  Over the same timeframe mentioned above, our stroke team administered tPA in under 60 minutes 88% of the time. A fast “door to needle” time is important because the quicker patients receive tPA, the more likely they are to have a better outcome.

Stroke Interventional Treatment

A new treatment called “mechanical thrombectomy” has emerged in recent years and has shown success in some patients whose stroke was caused by blockage in the large vessels of their head and neck.

This revolutionary procedure involves the physical removal of a blood clot and Moses Cone Hospital is proud to be one of only a select few hospitals that provides this treatment.  For this procedure during Fiscal Year 2019, Moses Cone’s stroke interventionalists succeeded with a 92% success rate of restoring blood flow to patients post stroke.

Vascular Complication Rates

Moses Cone Hospital offers comprehensive treatment for patients who require vascular intervention (Carotid Endarterectomy or Carotid Artery Stenting) to help reduce their risk of having a future stroke.  In Fiscal Year 2019, only 1.1% of patients experiencing stroke symptoms had a complication (related stroke or death) within 30 days resulting from a carotid endarterectomy. That rate is 0% for carotid artery stenting.  For patients who underwent these procedures and were not experiencing stroke symptoms, there was a 0% severe complication rate.

Diagnostic Angiography and Surgical Drain Placement (EVD)

During Fiscal Year 2019, patients receiving diagnostic cerebral angiograms had a 0% 24-hour major complication rate.  In addition, those who required placement of an EVD (External Ventricular Drain) for the treatment of a hemorrhagic stroke experienced a 3% post procedure infection rate.

Aneurysm clipping and coiling

During Fiscal Year 2018, patients receiving treatment at Moses Cone Hospital with a clipping or coiling for an aneurysm had a 0% 30 day severe complication. These patients treated for aneurysm had  0%readmission within 30 days to the hospital.

Stroke Patient Discharge Disposition

Of patients who received stroke care at Moses Cone Hospital during Fiscal Year 2019, 85% were either discharged home, to an acute inpatient rehabilitation program, or to a skilled nursing facility for continued care and rehabilitation.