For the third year in a row, Orange Park Medical Center is the only hospital in Florida and Georgia to earn all American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines Recognition Awards. The awards recognize high performance in treatment for stroke, heart failure, resuscitation, atrial fibrillation (AFIB) and coronary artery disease

To qualify for these awards a medical facility must meet quality standards developed by the American Heart Association. Earning all five awards demonstrates Orange Park Medical Center's commitment to provide quick and quality treatment to those suffering from a stroke, heart failure, resuscitation, heart attack and early detection of atrial fibrillation (AFIB), which can be the root cause of a stroke.

"Timely and early intervention is critical to reduce permanent damage during a stroke or heart attack," said Dr. Cary Rose, Cardiologist and Board Certified Electrophysiologist at Orange Park Medical Center.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.

Dr. Rose says if you feel like you are having symptoms, get to the emergency room or see your doctor immediately. It's always better to get yourself checked out to be sure.

Each year Orange Park Medical Center treats nearly 400 patients for stroke care and approximately 500 patients for abnormal heart rhythm conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Afib is a condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. "There are electricians like myself to fix heart beat arrhythmias. The plumbers are the interventional cardiologists that put in stents. The surgeons perform cardiac surgery and the noninvasive cardiologists treat the patient from start to finish. Without this team at Orange Park Medical Center we wouldn't be able to earn this elite status in our region," said Dr. Rose.

In July the hospital opened two new cardiovascular labs and recovery rooms to help care for the increasing amount of cardiovascular patients in the community.