Stoke affects nearly 800,000 Americans every year, and the timeline for successful treatment is less than three hours. To provide Cambridge area stroke patients with the best possible outcomes, Southeastern Med has partnered with the OSU Medical Center to bring Telestroke technology to our community.

The TeleStroke program uses videoconferencing technology to connect Southeastern Med doctors with OSU Medical Center stroke care experts.

When a patient is suspected of having a stroke, SEORMC and the OSU Medical Center activate a “stroke alert” and mobilize a team of stroke experts. These experts use telemetry, real-time testing, and patient interview to diagnose the stroke event and decide on the best course of treatment.

The patient and family are also able to see and hear the OSU Medical Center stroke team so they can participate in the diagnosis and treatment process.

Signs of a Stroke

Quick, expert treatment can prevent long-term disability, so it’s important to understand the warning signs and symptoms. If you or someone you’re with experiences any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher you suspect a stroke:

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

And remember the word FAST:

  • F is for face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop down?
  • A is for arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
  • S is for speech. Ask the person to speak a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T is for time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 and get to the closest emergency room immediately.