The Stroke Center
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Our Stroke Center received and has maintained a Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission since 2011. This means we continue to achieve long-term success in our goal of improving stroke outcomes. And you can take comfort in understanding that our quality care is effectively managed to meet your unique, specialized needs.
If you or someone you know has ever had a stroke, you may be aware that a stroke can sometimes be life-threatening and requires immediate care.
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it and the brain cells die.
There are three main types of stroke:
- Hemorrhagic: Results from a weakened blood vessel that raptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain.
- TIA: Also called a mini-stroke and characterized as a “warning stroke.” It’s a temporary blockage caused by a clot and while usually not harmful, you should take it seriously and seek medical attention.
- Ischemic: Also known as clots. Occurs as a result of blockage within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.
First and foremost, we encourage you to recognize the following sudden warning signs and symptoms:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (commonly on 1 side)
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache, neck pain or photophobia (light sensitivity) with no known cause
If the above applies to you, here’s what you expect from our multidisciplinary team approach to stroke care:
- Around-the-clock hours so our staff can provide you with the urgent care you need
- A dedicated group of clinicians including nurses, a stroke coordinator, a stroke neurologist, and physical, speech, and occupational therapists
- Swift, leading-edge diagnosis and treatment to help minimize the likelihood of loss of brain function and reduce long-term disability
- Clinical expertise and constant monitoring by our team
- Dedication to achieving the highest outcomes and continuously working to improve stroke care and treatment