Our brains need a constant supply of blood to stay healthy. When that supply is interrupted, brain cells can die within minutes. This life-threatening condition is called a stroke. If you are having symptoms of a stroke, go directly to the ER or call 9-1-1. At Ascension Providence, in Mobile, Alabama, we deliver emergency care for stroke and offer screenings to help reduce your risk for future strokes. We also monitor blockages in the carotid artery that supplies blood to the brain.
We deliver personalized care for all types of stroke. A blood clot that travels to the brain can cause an ischemic stroke. If a patient receives hospital care within three hours of the first symptom of an ischemic stroke, a clot-busting medication may be given. Patients who receive this medication are more likely to fully recover and avoid suffering long-term disability. When a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain, a hemorrhagic stroke can occur. When a clogged artery slows the blood supply to the brain, a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke, can occur. Having a TIA may increase your risk of having a stroke. Delaying care may make recovery more difficult.
Helping reduce your risk of stroke
Our neurologists specialize in stroke treatments. Using medications and surgical treatments, our care team helps reduce your risk of having a stroke and can help prevent future strokes. We monitor your health for conditions that may increase your stroke risk and help you work to manage your risk. You may be at a higher risk for stroke if you have:
- Had a previous stroke or TIA
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease, including atrial fibrillation
- Sickle cell disease
Our doctors are part of a national network of specialists, sharing best practices and offering advanced treatment options for more complex brain and spine conditions. Getting the right care at the right time is critical for your health.
Signs of stroke in men and women
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.
The Emergency Room at Ascension Providence provides 24/7 care for heart attack and stroke.
The first step in getting treatment for stroke quickly is recognizing the warning signs.
Balance: Check for the sudden loss of balance and dizziness
Eyes: Ask if vision is lost or unclear.
Face: Look for an uneven smile.
Arm: Check if one arm is weak.
Speech: Listen for slurred speech.
Time: Call 911 right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.
Learn more about the signs, symptoms and prevention of stroke here.
Neurorehabilitation care for stroke
At Ascension Providence, we offer rehabilitation services after your stroke to help your brain recover. Our physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists work with you to help improve your brain-body connection. We deliver personalized care to help support you throughout your recovery.