In the United States someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death – after heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. It is also the leading cause of disability. You can reduce your risk of having a stroke by learning to recognize warning signs, becoming aware of your personal risk factors and improving daily habits for a healthier lifestyle.
A stroke is a lack of adequate blood supply to the brain, caused by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke). Brain tissue dies within four minutes after a stroke begins. Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know shows symptoms of a stroke, it’s critical that you immediately call 911 so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.
Quick action preserves brain cells. Some treatments can only be successful in minimizing damage to the brain if they begin within a few brief hours after stroke symptoms appear. The sooner you seek medical care, the better your chances for a successful recovery.
Stanley Wissman Stroke Center
The Parkview stroke center excels in stroke treatment and prevention by combining:
- Outstanding medical expertise, including interventional procedures and surgical treatments
- Interdisciplinary teamwork
- Patient and family-focused care
- Advanced medical technology
- Participation in national stroke research
- Community health education
Recovering from a stroke?
Follow-up care after a hospital stay is provided by a neurologist or neuro-interventionalist within the Parkview Neurosciences practice on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus.
To schedule, call 260-425-6780.