Patients coming to the Emergency Department at SwedishAmerican and SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere will now have immediate access to world class stroke neurologists at the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Through its affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican is now part of the University of Wisconsin Telestroke Network which offers quick assessment and response to the medical emergency of stroke. Time is of the essence with stroke, because brain cells are lost at the rate of 1.9 million neurons per minute when a stroke cuts off blood flow. The clot-busting drug, tPA can only be administered within four and a half hours of the stroke’s onset.
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