The brain needs a constant supply of blood to work. During a stroke, blood stops flowing to part of the brain. Most strokes are caused by a blockage to a blood vessel that supplies an area of the brain (ischemic stroke). Strokes also occur if a blood vessel in the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). A stroke can damage areas of the brain that control other parts of the body. Seek help right away if symptoms come on suddenly, even if the symptoms don’t last.
Stroke is an emergency. Call 911.
Quick, expert treatment can make all the difference. Cox Medical Center South has been recognized by the DNV-GL Healthcare as the region’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center. It has also been designated as a Level 1 Stroke Center by the state of Missouri. Cox South stroke services exceed key benchmark numbers in stroke care, as defined by the American Heart/American Stroke Association. We offer immediate access to the region’s most aggressive stroke intervention techniques and services.
When stroke happens, speed matters. Every second of a stroke kills 32,000 brain cells. Fast care from experts can help you retain more brain cells and more function.
When patients come to our emergency departments at Cox Monett Hospital or Cox Branson with signs and symptoms of a stroke, the emergency department has the option of contacting one of our Springfield neurologists and requesting a TeleStroke consultation. Using a video camera and equipment, the Springfield neurologist is able to provide a consult and communicate with the emergency physician on a plan of care.
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