Help When You Need it Most: Surviving a Stroke


Tom Chivington, an avid fisherman, prepares his line.

I've always been very healthy and in shape. I wasn't a candidate. I had a very good cholesterol count, very normal blood pressure. It can happen to anybody.

-Tom Chivington, patient at Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Nurses from the Stroke Center review X-rays. (From left to right) Stephanie Kemp, JJ Bauman and Connie Wolford.

Since recovering from his stroke, Tom is able to hit tennis balls with his old colleagues at Foothill College.

Georgie and Tom plan their next vacation to Egypt.

We were so lucky that we were here and had access to the best care.


Did You Know…
• The Stanford Stroke Center has provided care for more than 15,000 patients with cerebrovascular disorders
• More than 750,000 strokes occur in the United States each year; as our population ages, it is estimated that the number of strokes will increase substantially over the next decade
• The current window of opportunity for treating most stroke patients is only three hours, which severely limits the number of patients who can be effectively treated

What to Do in a Stroke
FACE: Ask the person to smile—does one side of the face droop? 
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms—does one arm drift downward? 
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence—are the words slurred? 
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important—Call 911

We're Here When You Need Us Most
When a person suffers an acute heart attack or stroke, proximity to a highly trained and capable ED staff can mean the difference between life or death, full recovery or permanent disability. The Stanford Hospital Emergency Department:
• Sees nearly 40,000 patients each year
• Is the region's only designated Level 1 Trauma Center, a distinction indicating that the Stanford ED has all the capabilities to handle any trauma patient, no matter how severely injured

The Stanford ED is an integral part of the Emergency Cardiac Care and Stroke services offered by Stanford Hospital & Clinics, providing immediate access to specialists who are always ready to quickly intervene. We're here when you need us most.

I do everything I want to do, and you probably wouldn't ever tell I had a stroke. Having a positive attitude is a real key.