Get the stroke care you need, when you need it
About Stroke Care
Our brains need a constant supply of blood to stay healthy. When that supply is stopped, brain cells can die within minutes. This life-threatening condition is called a stroke. Don’t delay emergency care for signs of stroke--go directly to the ER or call 9-1-1. At Ascension sites of care, we deliver important emergency care for stroke and can help prevent strokes with screenings. We also monitor blockages in the carotid artery that supplies blood to the brain. Our vascular neurologists also specialize in treating stroke symptoms and deliver specialized emergency care for stroke.
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 symptoms 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. Avoiding care can 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 strokes. We monitor your health for conditions that may increase your stroke risk and help you work to manage your risk if you have:
- 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.
ERs at Ascension hospitals provide 24/7 care for heart attack and stroke. And at some of our locations, our Certified Stroke Centers meet rigorous standards in providing advanced imaging and treatments for complex strokes. 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.
Neurorehabilitation care for stroke
At Ascension sites of care, 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. At our inpatient rehabilitation facilities and neurorehabilitation clinics, we deliver personalized care to help support you throughout your recovery.