What is a stroke? The two main types of stroke are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot forms that blocks blood flow to part of the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel on the brain's surface or in the brain ruptures and fills the surrounding areas with blood. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, brain cells start to die. Brain damage can begin within minutes. It is important to know the symptoms of stroke and act fast as quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery.
Over 1,200 patients each year are admitted to Baystate Health (BH) facilities for evaluation and treatment of ischemic stroke. Each of the three BH hospitals is a designated Primary Stroke Center (PSC) by the Department of Public Heath for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as an active participant in the Stroke Register and the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE) Project.
All Baystate Health facilities publicly report Stroke care data. This reporting helps to ensure that every patient who comes to BH with a stroke receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.