Stroke Care

Banner Health neurologists make sure you get accurate diagnosis of your stroke symptoms and great care when you need it most. We identify your signs and symptoms to limit the damaging effects of stroke. Our emergency and trauma Stroke Team provides you with around-the-clock care so your recovery is smoother. We are ready to treat you as soon as you come through the hospital doors.

What is a stroke?

Stroke occurs when a blood clot interrupts blood flow to the brain or when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death. However, almost 80% of strokes are preventable. It is important to know how to identify the signs of a stroke so treatment can begin immediately.

How can you identify a stroke FAST?

To identify the severity of signs and symptoms of stroke, act FAST:

  1. F = Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  2. A = Arm. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  3. S = Speech. Have the person repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
  4. T = Time. If the answer is yes, call 911 immediately!

How can you prevent a future stroke?

Did you know that 80 % of strokes are preventable? Below are some tips on how you can prevent a future stroke:

  • Know your risk factors for stroke
  • Know symptoms of stroke/ TIA and call 911 immediately
  • Be physically active and live a healthy lifestyle (You may want to talk with your doctor about what types and amounts of activity are safe for you)
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Take all your medications as prescribed
  • Follow up with your physician as directed
  • Quit using tobacco
  • Manage your stress level
  • Consider joining a support group 

Stroke Rehabilitation

After an emergency because of a stroke, Banner Health provides a recovery plan, including our rehabilitation program. We offer physical, speechoccupational and recreation therapies as well as support groups.

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