Excellent care that achieves results

Immediate treatment can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and prevent you from experiencing further complications. Our doctors at Hilton Head Regional Healthcare will create a customized treatment plan that guides your recovery from diagnostic testing to advanced procedures to personalized rehab plans. We want to see you back on your feet as soon as possible.

You don’t always have to face difficult surgeries or lengthy stays in the hospital. At Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, both Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital are designated as Primary Stroke Centers, and our highly skilled team of doctors who are specialized in treating strokes can help you get the best care available.

Coastal Carolina Hospital is also a member of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) stroke network and its REACH telemedicine program. This allows our patients immediate access to stroke experts at MUSC, where doctors offer some of the latest therapies to treat strokes.

Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke is South Carolina’s third biggest killer. Learn how to spot stroke symptoms fast.

B.E. F.A.S.T.

Balance - Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
Eyes - Is there sudden blurred or double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?
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? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
Time - If a person is having trouble with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.

If you think you or someone you care about is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Our Stroke Stories

Hank's Stroke Story

by System on Jun 6, 2019, 21:44 PM
Hank Druckerman, patient, Coastal Carolina Hospital'

“I was better served by being here in very capable hands.”

Hank Druckerman had just come out of the shower one morning when he started experiencing weakness and slurred speech.

“I kind of sat down on the floor,” he recalls. “My wife was with me, and we diagnosed this as something unusual, and the first word that came to our mind was stroke.”

Hank’s wife called 911 and emergency service personnel drove him to Coastal Carolina Hospital. There, he received confirmation of his initial self-diagnosis.

“I was admitted instantly to the emergency room and the folks here at Coastal Carolina descended on me en masse,” he says. “I know they have quite an extensive protocol for stroke because they’re a certified center. I didn’t know that when I got here, but I thank my lucky stars that it was the right place. I’m sure the EMS people knew that when they transported me here.”

Hank underwent a battery of tests and procedures and spent two days in the hospital before being discharged. Upon returning home, he suffered another episode.

“We drove ourselves over here, and once again the team in the ER room went into stroke mode and they took me back in,” he says. “I spent three days here receiving this marvelous care and attention. This time they diagnosed that I had a stroke. It was something more pronounced than the first time, but the symptoms to me weren’t as severe.”

The Coastal Carolina staff was able to connect Hank with a local cardiologist and a neurologist at the Medical University of South Carolina for follow-up care. This team approach has been a big part of the overall situation.

“I think by and large, I’ve come through this quite well,” he says. “I believe I owe a great deal of it to this hospital. I pretty much feel I have most of my speech control back. They say once you’ve had it once, there’s always a future risk. I was relatively spared and quite lucky. It hasn’t affected my cognitive reactions, and I don’t believe that I’ve lost any memory or any ability to think.”

Hank works as a volunteer at a television station in nearby Sun City, where he lives. He was eager to fall back into his routine as soon as possible. The ability to bounce back from his medical adversity is a credit to his own resolve and the commitment of a superior health care facility.

“Since I have no prior history of this, I didn’t even know what to expect,” he says. “Had the stroke been more severe, I might have been in worse shape. I think that at the time the episode happened until the time I was here was under an hour. I was better served by being here in very capable hands.”

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