Diagnosis and Treatment

Take a minute to learn the risk factors and symptoms of stroke; quick treatment is essential, even life-saving. Available 24/7, our stroke team provides quick assessment, diagnosis and treatment, including use of clot-dissolving medications when appropriate.

We provide comprehensive treatment and an integrated continuum of care for stroke patients, including:

  • A fully equipped Emergency Department
  • Radiology, neurology and neurosurgery services
  • A nationally recognized critical care unit
  • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care; and
  • An acute inpatient rehabilitation unit within WCHN.

Stroke Symptoms & Risk Factors 
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. A stroke occurs when blood vessels are blocked by a clot or burst, robbing the brain of blood and oxygen. 

Risk Factors for Stroke*
  • Age—The chances of having a stroke approximately double for each decade of life after age 55
  • Heredity—Your stroke risk is greater if there is a family history of stroke
  • Sex—Stroke is more common in men than women
  • Prior stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Arterial fibrillation
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight
*Courtesy of American Stroke Association 

Signs of a Stroke

Look out for stroke warning signs and remember to Think FAST:

F – Facial Droop
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Slurred
T – Time to Call 911 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you or a loved one experiences one of these warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately! The sooner hospital treatment begins, the greater the likelihood for successful treatment. To learn more about the risk factors and signs of stroke, visit the American Stroke Association.