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.

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

In a stroke emergency, having an experienced team with access to the latest treatment options is important. Our Neuro-interventionalists, a highly trained stroke physician, take first line call 24/7, utilizing telemedicine technology to provide consultative evaluation and recommendations at any one of our 18 stroke network locations. This means you can get the same exceptional stroke care no matter which McLaren Stroke Network facility you visit.

  • 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, neuro-intensivists, 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

If you or your loved one experiences SUDDEN ONSET of any of the following symptoms should call 911 immediately to expedite your care:

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  • BALANCE - Loss of balance or dizziness

  • EYES - Blurred or double vision

  • FACE - One side of the face is drooping

  • ARMS - Arm or leg weakness

  • SPEECH - Speech difficulty

  • TIME - Time to call for ambulance immediately or Terrible Headache

If you experience …

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

SUDDEN ONSET of ANY of the above stroke symptoms- DON’T HESITATE, call 911 immediately and request to be taken to the nearest certified McLaren Stroke Center.

McLaren Stroke Network - Expert care available, 24/7

Doing what’s best means providing expert care to stroke patients within minutes. See how McLaren’s TeleStroke technology makes it possible.

American Heart Association's Stroke Information

What is a Certified Stroke Center?

The Joint Commission certifies hospitals based on available treatment options and metrics. There are three levels. The higher the level of certification the more advanced therapies are available, and they can care for the most complicated stroke patients. Our Telestroke Network provides the emergent consultative services to all locations and expedites transfer to one of the Comprehensive Stroke Center locations when interventional care is needed.

Our Expertise in Stroke Care

Comprehensive Stroke Centers provide emergent interventional services for stroke.

Primary Stroke Centers provide emergent medical management for acute stroke.

Acute Stroke Ready Centers diagnose and initiate care prior to transfer to a higher level of service for stroke.

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McLaren Flint Stroke Education Series - Safety in the Community and at Home After Stroke

G-3170 Beecher Road
Flint

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Bay Area Stroke Education Series - Stroke and Sleep Apnea: More Common Than You Think

3190 East Midland Road
Bay City

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Central Michigan Area Stroke Support Group

FDJ Conference Room
1221 South Drive
Mt. Pleasant

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McLaren Flint Stroke Education Series - Nutruition and Cooking Demonstration

G-3170 Beecher Road
Flint
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