As a Stroke Ready Facility, Advocate Trinity Hospital is poised to deliver immediate care to patients experiencing acute strokes, especially when the treatment window is limited. We offer breakthrough treatments, such as clot-busting agents, that have shown to improve outcomes and reduce long-term deficits. An experienced team of specialists treat strokes and the conditions that precede strokes with minimally invasive therapies. These procedures can help lessen the impact of strokes and give patients a fighting chance for recovery.
Our streamlined stroke and post-stroke care continuum follows American Heart Association and American Stroke AssociationTM guidelines and ensures a seamless approach to getting patients from the door to diagnosis. More than ten board-certified radiologists are available to help diagnose neurologic conditions through the latest imaging technologies, including 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanners, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and transcranial Doppler technology.
Patients have access to our exceptional rehabilitation services such as occupational, speech, swallowing and physical therapy. Rehabilitation specialists use constraint-induced therapy to help stroke patients gain the use of partially paralyzed limbs after a stroke.
Central to our stroke care services is education. We are committed to helping the public recognize the signs of stroke and promote the F.A.S.T. evaluation based on the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale.
If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, ask yourself the following questions:
Face: Is one side of the face drooping down? Both sides of the face should move equally. If the person's face is drooping, ask the person to smile. It will quickly reveal if the two sides of the face are uneven.
Arm: Does one arm drift down? For most people, both arms will move equally or not at all. Ask the person to raise both arms. This will determine if there is a significant deficit on one side.
Speech: Is speech slurred or confusing; is the person unable to speak? If the person's speech sounds strange, ask the person to repeat a phrase.
Time: Time is critical. Call 911 at any sign of stroke. With every second of a stroke, brain cells die. The patient can prevent or limit disabilities by immediately going to the emergency room.