The CHI Health Neurological Institute is a destination clinic for all stroke care needs.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is to the brain what a heart attack is to the heart. During a stroke, a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic) or bursts (hemorrhagic).
When that happens, part of the brain is deprived of oxygen and starts to die. Abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost temporarily or permanently. In fact, stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
Stroke Risk Assessment
Anybody can have a stroke, but certain factors place you at higher risk. Some factors that increase your risk of stroke cannot be changed. The good news, however, is that many risk factors are linked to lifestyle and are, therefore, under your control.
Stroke Risk Factors Include:
- Age (over age 55)
- Carotid stenosis
- Cigarette smoking
- Family history of stroke
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Poor diet and inactivity
- Prior stroke
- Race (African American)
- Previous TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
CHI Health Primary Stroke Centers
When it comes to stroke, two factors can make a difference in increasing your chance for recovery. The first factor is to act FAST and call 911, because the sooner stroke treatment starts, the better the outcome.
F - stands for Face. An uneven smile or facial droop can both be indicators of a stroke.
A - stands for Arm weakness or numbness. Can the person wave at you?
S - refers to Speech-either slurred or not making any sense.
T - in FAST is Time, which is critical. Call 911 right away if you suspect a stroke.
…Or a severe headache with no known cause.
The second factor affecting the outcome is where you are treated. Since 2009, CHI Health has had hospitals that are Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Centers. This certification recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to achieve better outcomes for stroke care. It was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association.
The Neurological Institute provides rapid response in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. We continually undertake new research and technology to find the newest state-of-the-art treatments that bring the greatest quality of life to our patients. We are even certified as a Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, only the fourth hospital in the nation to receive this certification! With our use of a multidisciplinary team, we ensure the best patient care possible.
CHI Health Clinic primary care physicians educate patients on the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911 when the first signs and symptoms occur.
Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented in people over age 55 by controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, low physical activity, diabetes and Atrial Fibrillation.
CHI Health Clinic Care Coordinators provide hands-on management of long-term diseases and conditions. CHI Health provides Weight Management, Heart & Sole walking program and Wellness Centers to promote healthy lifestyles. All programs are directed by certified health professionals.
For people who do not have personal physicians, Health fairs provided by CHI Health enable them to get screened for stroke risk factors and detect potential problems. CHI Health Quick Care provides free blood pressure checks to anyone who requests one.
Continuing Education for Health Professionals
CHI Health sponsors for health professionals a yearly seminar which addresses all aspects of stroke care. Additionally, we offer EMS professionals training in stroke and other topics on a regular basis.
CHI Health Clinic primary care physicians monitor patients with risk factors and discuss lifestyle changes patients can make to reduce their risk of stroke.