Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center holds the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center. This advanced certification means that Lexington Medical Center fulfills all the requirements set forth by The Joint Commission for stroke care plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. The certification is awarded only to centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Certification is based on the evaluation of standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities.
A stroke is a brain attack, and time saves brain when it comes to treatment. When a stroke occurs, the faster the patient is treated, the better chance he or she has of recovery with little or no disability. That's why it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and to seek medical treatment within the first 3 hours of onset.
At Lexington Medical Center we are part of the Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network. Through the Network, our emergency department physicians have 24-hour access to Wake Forest Baptist Health acute stroke experts via two-way live video and audio consultation and image sharing technology.
Nicknamed "Lexie," the robot is the audio and visual link between the doctors in Lexington Medical Center's emergency department and the stroke specialists at Wake Forest Baptist.
Using the robot, stroke specialists can observe the patient, the physical exam and view MRI images while interacting with Lexington Medical Center's emergency physicians. As a result, strokes can be diagnosed quickly and lifesaving medication started within minutes.
Wake Forest Baptist is internationally known for pioneering work in stroke treatment, diagnostic technologies and improved outcomes in stroke care. We use a multidisciplinary approach that combines the expertise of specialists in neurosurgery, interventional radiology, emergency medicine, neuro-intensive care and neurology. Our stroke specialists, each of whom has completed an additional year of fellowship training in the care of stroke patients or is board certified in vascular neurology, make up the largest stroke team in the region.
Do You Know the Stroke Warning Signs?
If you are over 55, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, smoke or are an African-American, you are at risk for a stroke. Warning signs are:
- Sudden blurred or altered vision
- Weakness (usually one sided)
- Numbness (usually one sided)
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Dizziness, imbalance