Brain and Spine Conditions - Neurology

Stroke Care

Individualized stroke care, when seconds count.

About Stroke Care

When you’re having a stroke, every second matters. Ascension emergency and neurology teams work efficiently and seamlessly to give you skilled stroke care, delivered with compassion.

**If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or dial 9-1-1.

Personalizing your path to stroke recovery

Once we’ve identified that you’ve had a stroke, Ascension care teams are committed to providing effective treatment to help limit the damage a stroke can do.

Your customized care plan will include specialized stroke rehabilitation. Your Ascension care team will work closely with you to help improve your walking, balance, strength and speech. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, so you can start getting back to what matters most in your life.

Remember the symptoms of a stroke

If you have sudden trouble speaking, loss of balance, or numbness in your face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body — you could be having a stroke. Don’t delay in calling 9-1-1 or going to the nearest emergency room.

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Stroke Care FAQs

What is a stroke?

A stroke, or brain attack, happens when blood flow to your brain is stopped. It is an emergency situation. Call 911 if you think you might be having a stroke or stroke symptoms.

The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to work well. If blood supply is stopped even for a short time, this can cause problems. Brain cells begin to die after just a few minutes without blood or oxygen.

When brain cells die, brain function is lost. You may not be able to do things that are controlled by that part of the brain. For example, a stroke may affect your ability to:

  • Move
  • Speak
  • Eat, drink, and swallow
  • See clearly
  • Think and remember
  • Control your bowel and bladder
  • Control your emotions
  • Control other vital body functions

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time.

What causes a stroke?

A stroke is caused when blood flow to your brain is stopped or disrupted.

There are 2 kinds of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic.

  • Ischemic stroke. This is the most common type of stroke. It happens when a major blood vessel in the brain is blocked. It may be blocked by a blood clot. Or it may be blocked by a buildup of fatty deposit and cholesterol. This buildup is called plaque.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke. This occurs when a blood vessel in your brain bursts, spilling blood into nearby tissues. With a hemorrhagic stroke, pressure builds up in the nearby brain tissue. This causes even more damage and irritation.

What are the signs of a stroke?

FAST is an easy way to remember the signs of a stroke. When you see these signs, you will know that you need to call 911 fast.

FAST stands for:

F - Face drooping. One side of the face is drooping or numb. When the person smiles, the smile is uneven.

A - Arm weakness. One arm is weak or numb. When the person lifts both arms at the same time, one arm may drift downward.

S - Speech difficulty. You may see slurred speech or difficulty speaking. The person can't repeat a simple sentence correctly when asked.

T - Time to call 911. If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 911 right away. Call even if the symptom goes away. Make note of the time the symptoms first appeared.

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