Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in New Hampshire, as well as a leading cause of serious long-term disability. And as with heart disease, 80% of strokes are preventable by controlling risk factors, but if a person has a stroke, the faster they get treated, the better the outcome.
The New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative is a dedicated group of healthcare professionals and others from state agencies and organizations who work together to prevent strokes, improve outcomes for patients, and inspire hope for stroke patients and their caregivers. They collaborate year-round to improve a coordinated stroke system of care for Granite Staters. Members of the NH Stroke Collaborative also advocate for policy change such as creating a formal state recognition of stroke facility designations, to get acute stroke patients to the highest level of care possible in the shortest amount of time. Hospitals can be certified by nationally recognized organizations as either Comprehensive or Primary Stroke Centers, or Acute Stroke Ready, in order to attain a state designation.