Immediate medical care of stroke can mean the difference between life and death — and every second counts in minimizing the damage a stroke can cause to the brain. That’s why Pikes Peak Regional Hospital now offers the latest in stroke technology to more quickly and effectively treat stroke patients.
Using telemedicine technology and advanced robotics, Pikes Peak now has immediate access to experienced stroke neurologists in the Emergency Department (ER). With portable two-way audio/video equipment, Internet-enabled computers and remote access to medical devices — including electronic stethoscopes, otoscopes and monitors — neurologists specializing in stroke can instantly appear on screen at a patient’s bedside to:
- Quickly evaluate stroke symptoms and exam the patient’s ability to move and speak.
- Interact with the patient and his/her family members.
- Quickly access monitoring devices and assess vital signs.
- Collaborate with onsite clinical staff members and ER physicians.
Remote presence robotics enables medical staff members to quickly and expertly treat stroke patients, thereby reducing or eliminating long-term stroke impacts on patients. No other system enables this level of medical collaboration and care to quickly treat stroke.
Did You Know?
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability. Risk factors for stroke include:
- High blood pressure or hypertension.
- High cholesterol.
- Heart disease.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Alcohol abuse.
- Hereditary factors.
- Poor diet or nutrition.
- Physical inactivity.
Are You at Risk for Stroke?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is the leading cause of death and serious long-term disability — with someone in the U.S. suffering a stroke every 40 seconds. To determine if you are at risk for stroke, please answer the following questions.
- Do you or an immediate family member ever have a stroke?
- Have you ever had a heart attack or experienced angina?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with high cholesterol?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you exercise regularly (minimum 30 minutes, three times a week)?
- Are you more than 14 lbs. overweight?
- Do you consume alcohol on a daily basis?
- Are you 50 years of age or older?
If you answered “yes” to three or more of the above questions, please contact your personal medical provider. This questionnaire has been created for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care. Only a physician or other qualified health care provider can accurately diagnose and treat stroke. Call 911 immediately if you or someone neaby is experiencing the warning signs of stroke listed on this page.
For more information about the stroke services available at Pikes Peak, call 719-687-9999.
Pikes Peak Regional Hospital is a member of University of Colorado Health remote Telemedicine Stroke Program. You and your local doctor can use this advanced system based in the Emergency Center at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital for expert consultation, evaluation of CT scans and other diagnostic images, and treatment recommendations that follow nationally recognized best practices for stroke care.