A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is suddenly stopped and oxygen does not reach part of the brain. Strokes can be caused by a blood clot or other blockage in the brain or by bleeding in the brain.
Symptoms of a stroke can include sudden severe headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, or difficulty speaking or walking. Other symptoms are possible, including numbness, tingling, weakness on one side of the body, or visual problems such as blindness or blurred or double vision. Recognizing stroke symptoms and seeking immediate care may reduce permanent damage to the brain.
The indicators in this section examine how well we manage the care of patients who are hospitalized for stroke. Norton Healthcare performance represents the performance of all the hospitals combined.