Primary Stroke Center
When minutes are critical
Every moment matters during a stroke. To minimize any brain damage you may experience, we act quickly to diagnose and treat the cause. From the moment you first engage our staff – whether it’s a paramedic or a member of our emergency department staff – we move into action to prevent further complications.
The risk is real.
Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, according to the Center for Disease Control. The majority of strokes (87 percent) is caused by an artery blockage and reduced blood flow in the brain.
Stroke risk factors include smoking and poor diet. Read the full list of risk factors below to reduce your chances of experiencing a stroke.
Stroke risk factors are:
- A diet high on trans and saturated fats
- A diet low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber
- Using illegal drugs, especially cocaine and amphetamines
Medical conditions that increase your risk of a stroke are:
- Being over 75 years of age
- Family history of stroke
- Past medical conditions like atrial fibrillation
Learn about the three stages of stroke treatment
In those first few critical moments, you will be evaluated to prevent any further damage from a stroke. A further review of your symptoms is conducted upon arrival at the hospital. Our staff will perform tests including a neurological exam, blood and urine tests, and imaging scans.
The results of your evaluation and tests will guide our doctors to determine the best treatment solution. You might receive a tissue plasminogen activator or tPA, a medication that will break down any blood clots. The doctors will go over your options with you or a family member if you are not in a state of mind to make your own medical decisions.
Recovery & Rehabilitation
The chance that you’ll make a full recovery is never certain, especially with a stroke. While we hope that you achieve a full recovery, our team is here for you in case rehabilitation is required. Together we will develop a plan designed to help your or a loved one regain the ability to speak, walk and return to an active lifestyle.
Want to find out your risk for a stroke?
You don’t have to wait to see a doctor until you’re on your way to the hospital. Use our online Find a Physician tool to find a doctor who can check out your heart.