What is a Stroke?

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the number one preventable cause of disability in Michigan. A stroke happens when blood flow to part of the brain is either due to occlusion of the artery (ischemic) or rupture of that artery (Hemorrhagic). When this happens, brain cells begin to die due to lack of oxygen. Delayed diagnosis and treatment can result in permanent disability or death. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of stroke and know what to do in an emergency, like call 911 if you see someone having stroke symptoms

What is a Comprehensive Stroke Center?

The joint commission certifies hospitals based on available treatment options and metrics. There are 4 levels. The higher the level of certification the more advanced therapies are available and they can care for the most complicated stroke patients. The Comprehensive Stroke Centers at McLaren Flint and Macomb are one of the few institutions awarded certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.

Our Comprehensive Stroke Program at McLaren provides 24/7/365 availability of:

In a stroke emergency, having an experienced team with access to the latest treatment options is important. Our Neurointerventionalists, a highly trained stroke physician, take first line call 24/7, use telemedicine and can be at your bedside at any one of our 17 stroke network locations. This means you can get the same stroke care no matter what McLaren Stroke Network facility you come into.

  • Advanced resources for the acute treatment of stroke patients available 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • A Dedicated Neuro ICU and Stroke unit
  • Interventional neurologists, neurointensivists, neurosurgeons and vascular surgeons
  • Neuro trained advanced practice providers
  • Advanced neurodiagnostic tools
  • Participation in stroke research
  • Emergency treatment for both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes

How to Identify a Stroke

Stroke symptoms can include sudden:

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  • BALANCE - Loss of balance, headache or dizziness

  • EYES - Blurred Vision

  • FACE - One side of the face is drooping

  • ARMS - Arm or leg weakness

  • SPEECH - Speech difficulty

  • TIME - Time to call for ambulance immediately

If you see any of these signs ….

A sudden, terrible headache – the worst you ever had – may be a sign of a bleed in the brain and is very dangerous.

If any of the symptoms happen, call 911 immediately and request to be taken to the nearest McLaren stroke center.

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