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     Stroke-STEMI
 
STROKE:
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.
 
LEARN F.A.S.T to act F.A.S.T
 
F: facial droop, ask person to smile see if smile is symmetrical
A: arm drift, ask person to hold out their arms see if they stay  extended at same level
S: slurred speech, ask person to say 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks'
T: time if person has any of the above signs call 911 immediately
 
HEART ATTACK:
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.

 
Group Percent in Nebraska ​Percent in US
​Adults who are current smokers ​20 ​21.1
Adults who participate in 150+ min of aerobic Activity per week ​49 ​51.6
Adults who are overweight or obese ​64.9 ​63.5
​Adults who have been told that they have had a heart attack ​4.3 ​4.4
​Adults who have been told that they have had a stroke ​2.6 ​2.9
​Adults who have been told they have angina or coronary heart disease ​3.9 ​4.1
​Adults (18-64) who have some kind of health care coverage ​80.9 ​78.9
​High School Students who are obese ​11.6 ​13
For more information, contact:
Becka Neumiller, Stroke Program Manager
2475 South E St
Broken Bow, NE 68822
402-560-4949
 
 
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