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Stroke, also known as a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked, causing brain cells to die affecting your speech, movement, vision and behavior. On average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. It is the fifth-leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of adult disability in the United States.
Like a heart attack, a brain attack requires emergency response and treatment. Knowing the risk factors and warning signs for stroke can save your life.
A drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is given to most stroke patients. tPA dissolves clots allowing blood to flow to the brain. Our stroke teams administer tPA to our patients below the national average time – giving our patients the best chance for a full recovery.
Sudden trouble walking is a sign of a stroke.
If stroke symptoms suddenly stop, I don't need to call 911.
Stroke only affects our older population.
Some strokes can be prevented.
One in three American doesn’t know the signs of a stroke. The ability to recognize stroke symptoms and call 911 immediately could save a life.
Fewer than 10 percent of people suffering a stroke arrive at the hospital quickly enough to receive the best treatment because they were unable to identify their stroke symptoms.Time is brain with stroke!
You should never ignore stroke symptoms. If you or someone else is having stroke symptoms, you should call 911 immediately even if the symptoms suddenly stop. Stroke requires prompt recognition and emergency care.
OSF HealthCare is committed to providing expert stroke care throughout our Ministry. Our multidisciplinary stroke teams are always prepared to provide fast, effective care the moment you arrive to any of our hospitals.
Our stroke centers have a Comprehensive, Primary or Acute Stroke-Ready designation. Primary Stroke Centers have designated stroke units. Acute Stroke-Ready Centers administer tPA to eligible stroke patients and have stroke experts onsite or via TeleHealth, which connects doctors and patients through the use of digital technology, 24/7. You can also feel confident knowing all of our hospitals are connected to a Comprehensive Stroke Center offering the highest level of care.
Comprehensive Stroke Center certification recognizes hospitals that meet standards to treat the most complex stroke cases.
Patients from any OSF stroke center benefit from access to our Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 80 percent of strokes are preventable by knowing the risk factors, warning signs and what to do when experiencing a stroke.
Stroke doesn't just affect our older population. It can affect anyone at any age. You must be prepared to recognize the signs of a stroke.
If you have any of the following risk factors, you are at a higher risk for stroke: