Stroke Care

When a stroke happens, minutes matter. As a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, know that fast, safe and interventional stroke care is here and ready whenever you may have stroke-like symptoms.

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Seconds count when you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke. It’s vital to receive stroke treatment as quickly as possible. Our highly skilled team of stroke care professionals are prepared to help you during those crucial moments.

World Stroke Day is October 29.

World Stroke Day

October 29 is recognized as World Stroke Day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the serious nature and high rates of stroke, and inform how you can be better prepared to identify the signs of a stroke and the actions to take. When signs of a stroke occur, you have to B.E. F.A.S.T. (Balance difficulty, Eye changes, Face drooping, Arm weakening, Speech difficulty and Time to call 911).

HSHS St. John's Hospital's Stroke Center was recently recognized as a DNV certified Comprehensive Stroke Center due to our commitment to excellent treatment of serious stroke events. When moments matter, HSHS St. John's Hospital is here with you. 

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Emergency Stroke Care

Your specialized stroke care begins the moment you enter our emergency department (ED). Suspected stroke patients are sent immediately for a CT scan of the head, and the results are obtained from the radiologist within minutes of completion.
While the patient is still in the ED, the emergency department physician will make contact with a neurologist who specializes in stroke, a neurosurgeon or a stroke interventionalist based upon the results of the patient’s CT scan. Stroke care decisions are made immediately upon receiving the CT scan images, lab results and the patient’s overall condition.
Timing is of particular importance for stroke patients as those who present within 4.5 hours of symptom onset are prime candidates for the drug tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA). T-PA is a game-changing stroke treatment that helps dissolves clots and restores blood flow to the brain tissue that is dying from lack of oxygen.  

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Stroke in women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for women. In the United States, 1 in 5 women between the ages of 55 and 75 will have a stroke.

While women may have the typical stroke symptoms, they also may experience more subtle signs:

  • Severe headache

  • Generalized fatigue or weakness

  • Confusion, disorientation or memory problems

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Hiccups

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Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification Program of DNV Healthcare USA Inc. integrates certain requirements of the CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals, Guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition and Recommendations of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association®.

2023 Get With the Guidelines recognition from the American Heart Association

American Heart Association's "Get With the Guidelines"

At HSHS St. John's Hospital, we’re committed to providing heart and stroke care that aligns with the latest research-based treatment guidelines. Studies show patients can recover better when these guidelines are consistently followed. We’re proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our achievement in the Get With the Guidelines quality program. Another way St. John's is working to improve health care for you and your family.