Problems resulting from stroke can range from minor to major depending on where in the brain the stroke occurs and how much damage is done.
A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or when a blood vessel breaks and stops blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die, brain damage occurs and abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost.
Watch for these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke:
What's done in the first minutes or hours after a stroke may determine the level of recovery the person will achieve. That's why St. Bernardine Medical Center treats every incoming stroke patient as an emergency.
Our staff consists of neurologists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, nurse practitioners, and specialists. We deliver coordinated care ranging from stroke prevention and acute stroke treatment to rehabilitation services.
Remember these signs of a stroke:
Our stroke program has been certified by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.