Advanced Primary Stroke Care

Stroke is an emergency. If you are experiencing stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke is a swift and sudden killer that demands highly skilled treatment. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Because brain cells begin dying when deprived of oxygen, it is essential to restore blood flow as quickly as possible. Early treatment within three hours of the onset of symptoms can mean the difference between life, death and permanent disability.

Emergency Treatment with Medication

CHI Memorial’s stroke program has been designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Center due to its ability to deliver critical care for the most common type of stroke. Our stroke team is trained in the latest treatments, including the rapid delivery of clot-busting medications such as tPA. Time is the critical factor in treating stroke: rapid treatment can significantly increase the chances of survival and reduce complications. Treatment must begin within 3 hours from the onset of symptoms—and the sooner, the better.

Signs of Stroke

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks the vessels carrying blood to the brain. Similar to a heart attack, symptoms typically appear suddenly without any warning. Here’s what to look for:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of your body, especially face, arm and/or leg
  • Sudden trouble talking, thinking, or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sudden loss of balance
  • Sudden severe headache

If any of these symptoms occur, do not wait! Call 9-1-1 and note the time symptoms started.

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