Stroke is a significant problem in South Carolina, with stroke rates among the highest in the nation. Strokes also occur more frequently in younger persons in South Carolina than in other parts of the United States.
Stroke or "brain attack" is a medical problem that affects many men and women. Diagnostic testing would be recommended for anyone at risk for a stroke to check for blockages in the carotid artery. The favored treatment option for a blocked carotid artery is the surgical removal of the plaque known as carotid endarterectomy. With endarterectomy, the chance of the artery becoming blocked again is minimal; the risk for stroke is less.
To provide its patients with the best chance of returning to a pre-stroke state of health, McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Dillon, McLeod Loris and Seacoast are partners in the REACH Stroke Network.
What is REACH?
REACH (Remote Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke), is a web-based, tele-medicine system. Through this system, urgent, specialized stroke consultations are delivered to the physicians and nurses caring for acute stroke patients in emergency departments such as at McLeod. Emergency departments often receive stroke patients but do not have 24/7 coverage from a neurologist for the rapid evaluation of patients presenting with stroke symptoms.
When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost. The longer it takes a stroke patient to receive care, the greater the chances of permanent disability or even death. This system allows the physicians at McLeod to diagnose and treat stroke patients with the latest therapies quickly and without delays.