Man in hospital bed at Ascension site of care after getting emergency stroke care.

Get the stroke care you need in Waco

Doctors and care teams at Ascension Providence in Waco, Texas, deliver emergency stroke care and rehabilitation to help you recover after a stroke.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke — every second counts. Signs of a stroke include sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm weakness and difficulty speaking. Ascension Providence in Waco, Texas, provides advanced stroke care 24/7. Our neurologists and neurosurgeons specialize in treating stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). We quickly work together to help improve blood flow to the brain, stop a brain bleed, 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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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.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Ascension Providence is a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. And a Level II Stroke Center designated by the State of Texas -- the highest level of recognition available. Our team of stroke specialists deliver advanced stroke care for even the most complex cases. This highly specialized stroke care helps support better outcomes at a time when you need it most.

The Stroke Center is also awarded the Gold Level Performance Award from the American Heart Association – Get with the Guidelines Program for providing advanced stroke care.

Interventional radiology for stroke

Ascension Providence is the first hospital in the county to have the AXIOM Artis zee system. This advanced technology allows neuro-interventional radiologist, Dr. Adam Borowski, and the stroke care team to view 3D images of the brain. Because of this advanced technology, treatment is delivered with greater efficiency and precision than traditional stroke treatments.

Specialized stroke recovery and rehabilitation services

Care teams at Ascension Providence specialize in stroke care and recovery. We listen to understand you and your health. Then your team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists work with you to create a care plan that's right for you. Many of our therapists specialize in neurorehabilitation for stroke, with a focus on rebuilding your brain to body connection. Our rehabilitation care team provides daily therapies and monitors your progress to help you meet your goals.

Your care doesn't stop when you leave the hospital. We provide transitional care in your home, an outpatient stroke rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility. Our goal is to improve your quality of life after a stroke.

Frequently asked questions about stroke

How do I know if I'm having a stroke?

Stroke symptoms can come on suddenly. Call 911 and go to the nearest ER if you experience any of these stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden loss of balance
  • Lost or unclear vision
  • Face drooping or uneven smile
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when there is a disruption in the blood supply to the brain. This disruption can come from a blocked blood vessel in the brain or a blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the brain. When you are experiencing a stroke — every second counts. Call 911 and go to the nearest ER.

What should I do if I think someone else is having a stroke?

If you think someone is having a stroke, ask them to repeat a sentence back to you, smile at you, and raise both arms. If they have trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 right away. Stay with the person and note the time they began to have symptoms. This information can help the emergency room care team.

What is a mini-stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

When someone experiences stroke symptoms that go away in a short period of time (typically less than an hour), it may be considered a TIA (transient ischemic attack.) When blood flow to the brain is interrupted for a short period (usually less than five minutes), it may be a sign of a future stroke. TIA is an emergency like stroke. If you experience signs of a stroke or TIA, don't wait to see if the symptoms go away.

How is stroke treated?

The sooner you get to the ER, the more options there may be for treatment. Medications and minimally invasive stroke interventions help prevent clots and dissolve blockages to restore blood flow to the brain. Endovascular procedures are used to repair a blood vessel from rupturing. Your doctors, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists help you recover after a stroke and help prevent a future stroke.