Stroke Care

At HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, we recognize the importance of time when a stroke occurs. A stroke attacks your brain, so the more time that’s wasted during a stroke, the more brain you’ll lose. You could even lose your life.

Doctor taking patients hands into both of their hands

Our team of stroke care professionals, neurologists and telemedicine specialists are qualified and prepared to help you during those crucial moments. Within seconds of arriving to our emergency department, patients with stroke symptoms go immediately to the radiology department for a CT scan and receive an evaluation that results in a quick diagnosis and course of treatment. As your recovery process begins, we develop an individualized treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery.

A young granddaughter is helps her grandmother grasping her head during a stroke

Know the signs and symptoms

A stroke is an interruption in the blood flow to our brain from either a clot or a break in the blood vessel. It is critical for someone who is experiencing signs or symptoms of a stroke to be transported to the hospital by trained medical personnel immediately. Early recognition is key, and a stroke is a medical emergency. Treatment options depend on the type, source and location of the stroke.

Signs & Symptoms 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body 
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech 
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance 
  • Sudden severe headache without a known reason

BE FAST acronym will help you remember the signs of a stroke

Kelly's Story

After Kelly had a stroke, our team of experts helped him walk again.

Diana's Story

After Diana had a stroke, our team of experts restored her strength.