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Stroke Care

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a brain attack. It is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. However, it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. In fact, Texas is part of the Stroke Belt with a stroke mortality rate up to 4 times the national average. This is why it is important to increase public awareness regarding symptom recognition, emergency response, risk factors and prevention.

As the area’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Care Stroke Center in East Texas, the Stroke Center at CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, and recovery of East Texans suffering from stroke.

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • CT Technology Designated for Stroke Patients
  • 24 Hour Radiologist Service
  • Dedicated Stroke Team
  • t-PA (the only FDA approved treatment for acute ischemic stroke) administration
  • Dedicated Stroke Unit
  • Full service rehab capabilities – Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists
  • Neurosurgical Physicians on staff
  • Neurologists on staff

Symptoms of Stroke

  • New or sudden onset of weakness/paralysis, especially on one side of the body, including the face
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Speech and language deficits
  • Impaired judgment and thought processes; confusion
  • Visual changes
  • Think F.A.S.T.: and understand these signs and symptoms of stroke:
    • Face – Is one side drooped? Is it numb?
    • Arms – Hold both arms straight out; Is one drifting down?
    • Speech – Is it slurred? Can the person communicate?
    • Time – Note the time when symptoms started. Call 911 immediately.

Stroke Warning Signs - Body Language Wedding

Stroke Warning Signs - Body Language

Risk Factors

  • Non-Modifiable Risk Factors: age, gender, race, family history, personal history of stroke
  • Modifiable Risk Factors: hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking
  • Women’s unique risk factors: pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement

Prevention/Stroke Outreach Programs

CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial is educating the community on the signs and symptoms of stroke by reaching out through school, civic club and health fair partnerships. If you would like to learn more, contact the Heart & Stroke Center at 936-631-6789.

  • Community Educator
  • Health Fairs
  • Seminars
  • Schools, Churches, Civic Organizations
  • Support Groups
  • Partnerships
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