PRIMARY STROKE CARE TEAM: Front row left to right: Becky Justice, Clinical Navigator Dale Morton, RN, Director Emergency Department Naveed Ahmed, M.D., Medical Director Primary Stroke Center Brigetta Collins, RN, Primary Stroke Center Coordinator Tommi Brashear, RN, Director 7A. Back Row left to right: Roxie Stacey, RN Brandy Anderson, RN Adrienne Adkins, RN AJ Ison, RN, Tiffany Akers, RN, Director 7B, Kathy Adkins, RN and Staci Taylor, APRN
Medical Leader│Photo by AMY CHARLES

Dr. Ahmed honors stroke team for outstanding dedication

Amy Charles

In recognition of World Stroke Day, Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) neurologist and Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center presented the newest stroke award to the team of people he feels helped their Primary Stroke Center earn this award.


Last month the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded PMC's Primary Stroke Center the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.


This marks the third consecutive year the stroke center has earned Honor Roll Elite status.


The award recognizes PMC's commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


"It was truly an honor to accept this award on behalf of the Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center," said Dr. Ahmed. "As the Medical Director of the stroke program, I want to thank and commend the physicians and staff in the emergency department, EMS staff, radiology, critical care, PMC's neurosurgeons, the Primary Stroke Center hospitalists and staff on the 7th floor, and the inpatient rehabilitation hospital," Dr. Ahmed continued. "This award is only possible with the great support we have from administration, the board of directors and Mr. May."


"World Stroke Day is a perfect opportunity to ensure that our family and friends are aware of the signs and symptoms of Stroke as well as their risk factors," said Brigetta Collins, PMC Primary Stroke Center Coordinator. "We as health care professionals can help patients address stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, tobacco use, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and physical inactivity," Collins continued. "Knowing your individual risk factors and addressing them through lifestyle changes and medicine is critical to reducing strokes."


According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke ranks fifth in causes of death and is a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.


Sometimes a stroke develops gradually, but individuals are more likely to have one or more sudden warning signs.


These include numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side, confusion or trouble understanding other people, trouble speaking and trouble seeing with one or both eyes.


The ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death.


Every second counts, so remember to act F.A.S.T.


Face: Ask them to smile. Does one side of the face droop?


Arm: Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Speech: Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?


Time: If any of these signs are observed, it's time to call an ambulance.


On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


"Our Primary Stroke Center is proud that we provide the best evidence based treatments possible for Stroke patient care throughout the patient's stay," said Collins.


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