Sarasota Memorial recently received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
The award recognizes our success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Following the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies, including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.