McLeod Stroke Partners

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.

To provide its patients with the best chance of returning to a pre-stroke state of health, McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Dillon, McLeod Health Cheraw, McLeod Loris and McLeod Seacoast are partners in the REACH Stroke Network.

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.

The American Heart Association is a national volunteer agency dedicated to creating healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Their goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by the year 2020.

  • Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, causing 40.6% of all deaths.
  • Stroke is the number four killer but still remains the leading cause of serious, long term disability.

In order to achieve their 2020 goal, they must improve the number of people who understand the link between their overall health and their risk of heart disease and stroke.

McLeod Health, along with Honda of South Carolina and Nucor Steel are proud to partner with the American Heart Association “My Heart. My Life.” in creating a healthier community.

American Heart Association
181 E. Evans Street
BTC-009, Suite 200
Florence, SC 29506

1113 44th Ave North
Suite 200
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577