Go behind the scenes of Advocate Stroke Network

Go behind the scenes of Advocate Stroke Network

Dr. Demetrius Lopes, Surgical Director of the Stroke Program at Advocate Health Care, took over our Instagram Story this week for #WorldStrokeDay. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Advocate’s Stroke Network and watch our multidisciplinary team in action!

 

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There is no “i” in TEAM! Neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, nurses, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and specialists in physical, occupational, speech and swallowing therapy, all play a role in providing rapid, lifesaving treatment for our patients. When a stroke occurs, every second counts. Shoutout to our friends at @superiorambulance and @atecambulance who do an incredible job of transporting our patients safely and quickly. • I’m Dr. Demetrius Lopes, Surgical Director of the Advocate Stroke Program, and I’m taking over @advocatehealth’s Instagram account for #WorldStrokeDay. Follow along on our feed and Instagram Story as I take you behind the scenes of our Stroke Network.

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Time is brain 🧠. Once F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm limp, Speech changes = Time to call 911) symptoms are identified, our team works quickly to make sure the stroke patient gets to the closest hospital in the Advocate Stroke Network as fast and safely as possible. We are likely the closest comprehensive stroke care hospital to most Midwest communities. I love to be able to be there and make a positive difference during an acute stroke – likely the worst time in an individual’s life. Acute Stroke Day is every day. Our mission is to provide the highest level of care closer to our patients. If you ever feel like you could be experiencing F.A.S.T. symptoms, it’s important to remember DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF. Call 911 immediately. Time is of the essence and our EMS partners can evaluate you in the field and get you to us quickly & safely. #WorldStrokeDay • I’m Dr. Demetrius Lopes, Surgical Director of the Advocate Stroke Program, and I’m taking over @advocatehealth’s Instagram account for #WorldStrokeDay. Follow along on our feed and Instagram Story as I take you behind the scenes of our Stroke Network.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Strokes kill an estimated 140,000 Americans each year, accounting for one of every 20 deaths. Worldwide, strokes claim the lives of more than six million people annually. Click here to learn the warning signs.

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Caitlin Ruiz
Caitlin Ruiz

Caitlin Ruiz, health enews contributor, is a social media manager at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She earned her BA in broadcast journalism from Columbia College Chicago. When she isn't Facebooking, Instagramming or Tweeting, Caitlin enjoys producing videos, watching scary movies and attending as many Chicago Blackhawks games and country concerts as she can.