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Stroke Certification

Stroke Care at Advocate Condell

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

Advocate Condell Medical Center is proud to have achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. What does this mean for our patients? It means that when patients come to Advocate Condell for stroke treatment, they receive effective, timely care by a highly trained staff. When minutes count, you can count on the experienced staff at Advocate Condell’s Primary Stroke Center.

About the Primary Stroke Center Certification

The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to your community that the quality care you provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.

What You Should Know about Stroke

Risk Factors:

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for strokes, but there are many other conditions that may put you at risk, including diabetes, high cholesterol and family history. To learn more about the risk factors associated with a stroke, click here.

Symptoms of a Stroke:

The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged. In some cases, a person may not know that he or she has had a stroke. Symptoms usually develop suddenly and without warning. Or, symptoms may occur on and off for the first day or two. Symptoms are usually most severe when the stroke first happens, but they may slowly get worse. Generally, though, symptoms include:

  • Extremity numbness
  • Eyesight difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden, severe headaches

For more information on symptoms of a stroke, click here.

Rehabilitation & Health Resources

Advocate Condell offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for patients who have had a stroke. Community Rehabilitation Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Our highly skilled specialists treat a wide variety of patients including those who have neurologic or orthopedic diagnoses. Neurologic problems may include stroke, brain injury, or Parkinson's Disease.

One of the best steps you can take to help lower your risk of a stroke is to stay healthy. Whether you are interested in shaping up, participating in sports, overcoming a physical difficulty or just having fun, Advocate Condell's Centre Club is for you. We offer clients a choice of group exercise, basketball, racquetball, weight lifting, swimming, indoor track and more.

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