Published on April 27, 2022

design by Tiffany Maldonaldo

Parkview Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month – May 2022

 “I Want to Save the Little Things”

(Pueblo) April 28, 2022 “Stroke is a thief of the little things that make life worth living,” said Tiffany Maldonaldo, a Registered Nurse and Manager of Quality for Parkview. “Stroke steals a person’s ability to read a bedtime story to their grandchild, enjoy a meal with family and friends, or go for a walk in the beautiful spring weather. Stroke can steal the little things that we take for granted like being able to bathe independently, speak exactly what’s on our mind or drink a warm cup of coffee.”

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. In the United States, stroke is currently the fifth leading causing of death and the leading cause of long-term disability. Approximately every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke. The mantra in stroke care is “time is brain,” meaning the quicker you can identify someone is having a stroke, the better chance for a more favorable outcome for the stroke patient due to earlier therapy. Why? 2 million neurons die every minute during a stroke.

There are two main types of strokes, an ischemic stroke, caused by a blocked artery, and hemorrhagic stroke, caused by a leaking blood vessel. A stroke often starts as a small symptom like a little numbness and tingling in an arm or stumbling over words, progresses to more severe symptoms of paralysis or being unable to speak, swallow or see. (A transient ischemic attack (TIA), often called a mini-stroke, is a temporary period of symptoms like those of a stroke, lasting only a few minutes.)

The Stroke Care Team at Parkview guides patients through multiple tests including CT scans, echo, MRI, ultrasound, cardiac monitoring, and labs. They obtain expert consultation by neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and sometimes the palliative team.

“Our nurses are key in educating patients on diet, exercise, blood pressure management, diabetes management, smoking cessation, and other risk factors,” added Maldonaldo. “Taking care of a stroke patient is a big job for a very big healthcare team. In 2021, Parkview cared for 469 TIAs, Ischemic & Hemorrhagic strokes.” 

Parkview reminds everyone that stroke is a critically time-sensitive diagnosis and time lost = brain loss. Quick action offers the best chance for recovery. It depends on everyone learning and being able to recognize the BE FAST signs of a stroke in themselves and others and calling 911 immediately.

  • Balance: Sudden loss of balance or dizziness
  • Eyes: Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Face: Facial drooping or numbness on one side; lopsided smile
  • Arm/Leg: Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg
  • Speech: Slurred or incoherent speech
  • Time: Call 911 immediately

“We are grateful for our Parkview team supporting the long road to recovery after stroke and holding the hand of someone grieving the loss of the little things. We are dedicated to bring back those little things that make life worth living because there is life after Stroke,” said Maldonaldo. 

For more information on Parkview's stroke care services, contact Tiffany Maldonaldo at 719.584.4047 or go to www.parkviewmc.com/care-treatment/brain/stroke-care/

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.