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Advanced stroke care in Birmingham

Our doctors at Ascension St. Vincent's in Birmingham deliver immediate stroke treatments to help your brain and body recovery more quickly.

At Ascension St. Vincent’s, care teams in our emergency rooms help identify early signs of stroke and provide immediate care. Signs of a stroke include sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm weakness and speech difficulty.  Neurologists provide 24/7 emergency stroke care and deliver treatments to help prevent long-term damage to your brain and body. Using advanced imaging and treatments, our care team helps to quickly identify stroke, improve blood flow to the brain, minimize brain damage, and help prevent future strokes.

By answering these questions, you can start to better understand your risk:
  • Are you over 65?
  • Do you have a family history of stroke?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Have you had a prior stroke or heart attack?
  • Do you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, aFib, heart valve disease or sickle cell anemia?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, it may be important for you to talk to your primary care doctor about your risk for stroke.

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Telehealth stroke care

Ascension St. Vincent’s neurologists are dedicated to delivering advanced stroke care to those across Alabama. Through our telehealth stroke program, our neurologists work with doctors at rural locations across the state. Our stroke specialists provide remote examinations, recommend diagnostic tests and discuss treatment decisions with you and your care team. This service is available 24/7, bringing a high level of care to Alabamans in rural areas that may not have a staff neurologist on call. This rapid access to a neurologist who specializes in stroke care helps save lives and minimize the physical damage caused by a stroke.

Stroke recovery and rehabilitation

Our neurologists and care teams at Ascension St. Vincent’s specialize in stroke care and recovery. Your care team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists work together to deliver the care that's right for you. And our care doesn't stop when you leave the hospital — we can connect you to transitional care to your home, a stroke rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facilities. Our goal is to improve your quality of life after a stroke.

If you or a loved one are experiencing warning signs of a stroke — sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm weakness and speech difficulty — every second counts. Call 911 and go to the nearest ER.