A stroke happens when blood flow is disrupted to the brain causing tissue injury
and death. Stroke is currently the forth leading cause of death in NE and
the leading cause of disability in the US.
In an effort to educate and improve treatment of the stroke patient LB 722 more commonly known as the
Stroke Bill was passed in 2016, it sets the ground work for EMS and hospitals
to better work together to identify the best path of treatment for stroke
patient reducing potential delays in care.
LB 722 also identifies those hospitals that have chosen to receive
certification as either comprehensive stroke centers, primary stoke centers and
acute stroke ready hospitals. Currently there are 13 primary stroke
centers in NE.
Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk
CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha
Bryan East, Lincoln
CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney
CHI Health – Lakeside, Omaha
CHI St. Elizabeth, Lincoln
CHI Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island
Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings
Methodist Hospital, Omaha
Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue
Nebraska Medicine, Omaha
CHI Immanuel, Omaha
Additionally, for the last 2 years EMS services throughout NE have been receiving cardiac monitors through a grant that can transmit EKG tracings to hospitals for earlier detection of heart attacks.
Factors that increase your risk of having a stroke are: high blood pressure, smoking,
high cholesterol, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, diabetes and obesity.
F.A.S.T to act F.A.S.T
F: facial droop, ask person to smile see if smile is
arm drift, ask person to hold out their arms see if they stay extended at same
slurred speech, ask person to say 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks'
time if person has any of the above signs call 911 immediately
A heart attack happens when blood flow is disrupted to a section of your heart,
cause the surrounding tissue to become injured and die. Every year approximately
750,000 Americans have a heart attack. The best treatment for a heart
attack is early detection and treatment. If you or your loved ones show any signs of having a heart
attack call 911 immediately!
Signs of a heart attack: chest discomfort (may feel heavy, aching, dull, squeezing or full) may radiate into jaw, neck, arms, back and stomach. Shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, cold sweats.
Risk factors for heart attacks are the same as those listed above for stroke. Make sure to manage existing medical conditions.
||Percent in Nebraska
||Percent in US
|Adults who are current smokers
|Adults who participate in 150+ min of aerobic Activity per week
|Adults who are overweight or obese
|Adults who have been told that they have had a heart attack
|Adults who have been told that they have had a stroke
|Adults who have been told they have angina or coronary heart disease
|Adults (18-64) who have some kind of health care coverage
|High School Students who are obese