September 23, 2018
Robert R. Cawley, D.O.
Dover, NH 03802
Fast, expert care is critical when you are experiencing a stroke. You can trust the team at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital to offer the best quality stroke care when you need it most.
Wentworth-Douglass was the first hospital in New Hampshire to earn Primary Stroke Center Advanced Certification by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading healthcare accrediting agency.
As a Primary Stroke Center, Wentworth-Douglass provides the best practices in acute stroke care to achieve better outcomes for our patients. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic criteria to safely select whether or not you should undergo thrombolytic therapy that can open up closed arteries to the brain to reverse the injury and protect the brain.
Through our affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital, we have full access to their expert clinicians through telemedicine videoconferencing. Telemedicine allows stroke specialists in Boston to interact with patients and providers in real-time to diagnosis and make treatment recommendations.
We are also here to support you through your recovery and help you regain your function. Our Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program for stroke patients and others with brain impairments can help improve cognition, communication, physical and social deficits through comprehensive therapies.
There are six BE FAST signs to help you recognize when someone is having a stroke. If you see these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. A fast reaction can make all the difference.
B - BALANCE
Has the person experienced a sudden loss of balance?
E - EYES
Is the person experiencing a loss of vision on one or both eyes?
F - FACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
A - ARM
Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb? Does one arm drift downward?
S - SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly? Is the speech slurred?
T - TIME
If the person shows any sign of these symptoms, call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.
Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable. It starts with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation and physical inactivity. Talk to your doctor about your stroke risk factors. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 right away.
It is important not to ignore stroke symptoms. It’s also important to know you have a Primary Stroke Center right here in Dover. The expert care team at Wentworth-Douglass is ready when you or a loved one need help.
Join us each month to interact with other stroke survivors in an encouraging environment. Topics may include coping skills, education and presentations by experts. Friends and family welcome.See Dates (PDF)
Check out a Q&A with WDH's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paul Cass, and learn more about the evolution of our long-standing relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital.Continue
The American Stroke Association's 2018 Get With the Guidelines Silver Plus Achievement Award reflects our commitment to offering stroke patients top-quality care that adheres to the latest evidence-based clinical guidelines.More Awards