June 21, 2024
Having stroke symptoms? Don’t drive to the hospital, officials say

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Patients suffering from a stroke should call 911 as soon as possible instead of driving themselves to the hospital, officials with Trinity Health Michigan have stressed.

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and the health system has seen an increase in stroke patients driving themselves — or having someone else drive them — to the hospital for care. 

Margeaux Long, stroke program coordinator for Trinity Health Livingston, Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Chelsea Hospital, said 70% of stroke patients in rural areas come to the hospital by private vehicle. In doing so, they’re delaying their care by at least 30 minutes.

Having stroke symptoms? Don’t drive to the hospital, officials say

For every minute’s delay in stroke care, Long said, patients could lose up to 2 million neurons in their brain.  

“We’re really focused on ensuring we’re meeting the needs of our community,” Long said. ”With stroke care, time means everything, and time is brain.”

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