When stroke hits, there’s not a minute to lose.

Stroke. Aneurysm. Transient ischemic attack. Neurological emergencies can come on hard and fast, often with little warning, and have the potential to leave you severely impaired.

When stroke occurs, efficient, expert treatment is necessary to prevent death or disability. You can count on the emergency department at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to be ready when the worst happens.

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Recognized for stroke care

When it comes to stroke, it’s about speed and precision. We’ve been recognized for both. We’ve received the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for five years in a row. We’re also a Certified Primary Stroke Center.

So what does that mean for you? Healthgrades recognizes statistically better patient outcomes, while our Primary Stroke certification means we follow the latest practices in treating stroke.

Early care is essential. Act F.A.S.T.

Every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen, the likeliness of damage increases. Here’s how to respond using F.A.S.T., the key signs of identifying stroke.

Face.  Does one side of the face droop when you ask them to smile? 
Arms.  Does one arm drift downward if you ask the person to raise both arms? 
Speech.  Does the person slur any words when you ask them to repeat a simple sentence?
Time. Call 911 immediately if the person exhibits any of these signs.


Health Fact:

80% of strokes are ischemic, meaning a clot blocks a blood vessel or artery in the brain.

Advanced Neuroscience Network

We’re a part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network, a broad team of hospitals and doctors in Florida who are focused on offering a full continuum of care throughout South Florida. When you come to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, you’re getting care and insight from a team that stretches across the state.

Learn more about the Neuroscience Network here.

“It happened so fast, without warning.”

When Alicia Didia started exhibiting signs of stroke, her sons recognized the symptoms and acted promptly. Within minutes, an ambulance arrived to take her to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

“I was suffering from an ischemic stroke, which occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked. Dr. Talkad gave me an injection of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug and blood thinner, and five minutes later, I was talking to him like nothing had happened,” says Didia.

“I want to thank Dr. Talkad and the stroke team at Palm Beach Gardens for their quick actions in diagnosing, treating and saving my life before it was too late.”

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