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Emergencies are still emergencies

During the pandemic, hospitals are seeing a worrying trend: Some people may be avoiding emergency departments (EDs)—even when they have symptoms of life-threatening heart attacks and strokes—out of fear of COVID-19.

But if you ignore heart attack or stroke symptoms, you could risk life-changing heart damage, paralysis or worse.

"To minimize the long-term effects of a stroke or a heart attack—and even to prevent death—you've got to come in to the ED," says Judy Krupala, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer at Cuero Regional Hospital (CRH). "This is one of the safest places you can be."

From the start of the pandemic, the CRH has taken numerous COVID-19 prevention measures to help ensure staff and patient safety.

Other things to keep in mind: CRH is home to award-winning heart attack and stroke care. For instance, Cuero Regional Hospital EMS earned the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award. And Cuero Health received their Get With The Guidelines: Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

That means CRH can rapidly diagnose and initially treat the most severe heart attacks, as well as treat strokes, via telemedicine technology.

Get help right away

It's important to call 911 for any medical emergency, including heart attacks and strokes.

"The quicker you get help, the better off you will be," says Paul Willers, DO, Chief of Staff at CRH.

"We are here for you," Krupala adds.

Heart attack symptoms commonly include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes
  • Arm, back, neck, jaw or stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath

Stroke symptoms are sudden and include:

  • Drooping face
  • Arm weakness
  • Slurred speech

Categories: Emergency care

When minutes matter

During a stroke, time is brain. Cuero Regional Hospital's Tele-Stroke program brings rapid, comprehensive stroke care to Cuero. In 2020, we received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for our commitment to high-quality care.
If you suspect a stroke, call 911 and count on Cuero.

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