Helping You on the Road to Recovery

EVERY 45 SECONDS, someone in the United States has a stroke, ­about 795,000 people per year, ­making stroke the fifth-leading cause of death in this country and a leading cause of long-term disability.

Offering rapid diagnosis and treatment at Mercy Emergency Department, an inpatient rehabilitation center, and educational and support groups, Mercy Stroke Center can help.

Mercy Stroke Center is accredited by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.

Mercy Stroke Center Services

Know the Signs of Stroke

Recognizing the warning signs of a stroke could save your life:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (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, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Seeking immediate medical care after the onset of any of these symptoms is vital to survival and the prevention of brain damage. Depending on the magnitude of the stroke and how quickly you receive treatment, the effects can range from minor weakness of a limb to paralysis on one side of the body or death.

Treatments can minimize these effects, but time is of the essence. If you or someone you know experiences one or more of the symptoms described above, call 911 immediately.

Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

There are those risk factors, which are uncontrollable:

  • Increase in age
  • Gender (stroke is more common in females since they live longer than men)
  • Race (African Americans are at greater risk than Caucasians)
  • History of prior stroke
  • Hereditary

There are also lifestyle changes, which you can make to reduce your chance for a stroke:

  • Exercise every day
  • Eat healthy
  • Quit smoking
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Treat diabetes
  • Reduce sodium
  • Visit your doctor regularly