Piedmont Henry awarded


Piedmont Henry Hospital recently earned the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke GOLD PLUS Achievement Award. Piedmont Henry’s stroke program was also placed on the AHA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Piedmont Henry was recognizedfor achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Achieve-ment Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years. The award also recognizes Piedmont Henry for achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Thera-py in less than 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Henry County is located in the heart of what is known as the “Stroke Belt,” or the southeastern portion of the United States known for having an unusually high incidence of stroke.

Stroke, also referred to as a “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel breaks or a blood clot blocks an artery, interrupting blood supply to the brain. Strokes can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race or gender. The most common signs of a stroke include sudden difficulty seeing, walking or talking; weakness on one side of the body; and a sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Approximately 80 percent of strokes are preventable with proper treatment when warning signs are observed. The key to optimal recovery of a stroke is to act F.A.S.T.: Face – look for an uneven smile, Arm – check if one arm is weak, Speech – listen for slurred speech and Time – call 911 right away.

To learn more about stroke prevention and care, visit piedmont.org.