Stroke Treatment

In the five-county region, nearly 600 stroke patients were treated last year by UM Shore Regional Health emergency teams at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, and the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

Because time is of the essence in achieving a good outcome following a practices “door to needle in 60,” meaning patients with possible stroke symptoms are assessed and undergoing treatment within one hour.

For patients who are having a stroke, UM SRH emergency teams administer a drug known as a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to help break the clot. The drug is effective within 3 ½ hours of the symptoms.

Stroke Recovery

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and swallowing therapy will all begin in the hospital.

The goal of treatment after a stroke is to help you recover as much function as possible and prevent future strokes.

Recovery from your stroke will begin while you are still in the hospital or at a rehabilitation center. It will continue when you go home from the hospital or center.

The staff also provides guidance and support to the Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group, which meets the first Thursday of each month from 12-2:00pm at the UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, and to the Stroke Support Group of Queen Anne's County, which meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12-2:00pm at the UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown.

For more information call Nicole Leonard, RN, BSN, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or email nleonard@umm.edu.