Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Approximately 795,000 new or recurrent strokes are diagnosed every year, which means a stroke occurs about every 40 seconds. Recognizing symptoms and getting appropriate medical attention as soon as possible can save a life and minimize disability.
At St. Luke’s, we want to help you prevent stroke, recognize stroke when it occurs, and provide you with the most advanced medical treatment available. Our physicians are highly skilled and trained in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, and want to help ensure your long term health and the health of our community.
St. Luke’s Primary Stroke Center includes:
- Collaboration with our community emergency medical service (EMS) providers
- Rapid stroke care in the Emergency Department
- Thrombolytic therapy (tPA): a clot-busting medication used to treat some patients with ischemic strokes
- Advanced stroke diagnostic services available 24/7
- Board certified interventional neuroradiologists available 24/7
- Stroke designated units with nursing staff specially trained in the treatment of stroke
- Stroke education for patients and family members
- Complete rehabilitation services: physical, speech, and occupational therapy
- Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Center: TIA is a small stroke where symptoms are usually short in duration, but can often mean an impending stroke may occur in the next few hours to several days.
- Neurointervention Clinic: Neurointerventional surgery, also known as interventional neuroradiology, is a medical specialty that uses minimally invasive techniques to treat conditions of the brain and spinal column. Often these treatments eliminate the need for open surgery.
- Physiatry follow-up care and resources after a stroke
St. Luke’s Primary Stroke Center strives to improve the health of the community through stroke prevention education, increased awareness, and achieving optimal stroke patient care as evidenced by improved functional outcomes and lifestyle modifications.
For more information about the St. Luke's Primary Stroke Center, please contact our program coordinator at (208) 381-9204.
For information regarding our stroke follow-up clinic, please call (208) 489-4444.
Remember to call 911 immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of stroke. The paramedics will arrive and take you quickly to the hospital. Do not drive your car.