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Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) announces it has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award. This award highlights YRMC’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients in Yuma receive the highest standard of care, aligning with nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

YRMC has embraced the Get With The Guidelines program, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, which extends its expertise to hospitals nationwide. Through this collaboration, healthcare providers can ensure that stroke patients receive the best possible care based on the latest research and medical guidelines. This approach not only helps to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke, but can also prevent serious and potentially deadly outcomes.

For patients arriving at YRMC with stroke symptoms, this means medical professionals fast-track their diagnosis and care. In most cases, if a patient needs a crucial blood-clot-busting drug, tPA, they typically get it faster than the American Stroke Association standard of 60 minutes. That’s one of the reasons YRMC qualified for gold recognition.

“This award from the American Heart Association is more than an achievement, it represents our commitment to constantly advance healthcare and improve the lives of patients and families in our region,” said Dr. Robert J. Trenschel, President and CEO.

Stroke, the fifth leading cause of death and a significant source of disability in the United States, occurs when the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain are blocked or burst. This can lead to a lack of essential resources and cause significant damage to the brain. Detecting and treating a stroke quickly is key for survival, reducing disability, and speedy recovery.

If you or someone you know is experiencing stroke symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately. The emergency medical services (EMS) staff can start treatment quickly and provide critical information to the emergency department before arrival. This can save valuable time and help minimize long term effects of a stroke.