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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY SHELLEY FLANNERY

BRAIN
ANEURYSMS
A brain aneurysm-a weak spot
in a blood vessel-ruptures
every 18 minutes in the U.S.

Nearly half a million people
die each year worldwide from
brain aneurysm ruptures.

Most brain aneurysms
are small, between
¹₈ to 1 inch.

50 80
to

%

of brain aneurysms never rupture,
and it's not a problem most of the time.

40%
of ruptures are fatal.

6,000,000 PEOPLE

Women develop
brain aneurysms
compared with men
at a rate of 3:2.

Brain aneurysms are
most likely to occur
from ages 35 to 60.

in the U.S. have an unruptured
brain aneurysm.

Source: Brain Aneurysm Foundation

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medical officer for the hospitals of
Community Healthcare System.
The program was developed as a collaboration with the American Stroke Association
to recognize the quality care and exceptional
outcomes provided in managing the unique
and specialized needs of stroke patients.
"Working with emergency medical service
providers, we mobilize our stroke teams
before the patient arrives in the Emergency
department," says Kumar. "Upon arrival,
patients are quickly assessed through our
advanced diagnostic capabilities. If stroke
is determined, appropriate medication is
administered to restore blood flow and
limit brain damage. Our goal is to provide
the most appropriate treatment to ensure
optimal outcomes and prevent disability
from stroke."

WEBSITE

Know Where
to Go for Care
You can trust in the care
provided at the Primary
Stroke Centers, designated
by the Joint Commission,
at the hospitals of
Community Healthcare
System. To learn more
about the system's stroke
services, visit us online
comhs.org.

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Symptoms of a brain aneurysm-including blurred vision, facial drooping and
headache-can mimic a stroke. The
treatments for each are different, but
getting quick medical care is crucial to
both. That makes it important to choose
a hospital with the expertise to correctly diagnose these conditions. The
hospitals of Community Healthcare
System-Community Hospital in Munster,
St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and
St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart-have
all received the Gold Seal of Approval™
from the Joint Commission for Primary
Stroke Centers.
"This certification demonstrates the
exceptional care delivered by our hospitals so stroke patients can live more
fulfilling lives," says Alan Kumar, MD,


http://www.comhs.org

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