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Rena’s Story

When Cynthia Simmons dropped by to see her mother something wasn't right. Rena Jackson did not respond to Cynthia's jokes like usual. Cynthia noticed a gray look to her mom's face. Rena dropped a glass of water and didn't seem to understand what Cynthia was saying. Cynthia immediately called 911 and Rena was taken to the MVH Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center.

As a Primary Stroke Center, Miami Valley Hospital makes exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. MVH institutes outreach programs with the community and local EMS to combat delayed diagnosis. Rena was immediately diagnosed as having an ischemic stroke and was given a drug called Tissue Plasminogen Activator. Within 15 minutes, Cynthia noticed that Rena's speech started to come back. Thanks to immediate diagnosis and treatment, Rena suffered no loss of functions and was immediately able to resume her normal activities.

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