May is stroke awareness month. Join us for Support Groups throughout the month..
Immediate medical care is crucial to surviving and recovering from stroke. And knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke is the first step to making sure you get help right away. For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, you or your loved one will lose about 1.9 million neurons—seriously affecting your speech, movement, memory, and more.
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability. Knowing how to recognize the when a stroke is happening and reacting quickly can help you or your loved one have the best possible outcome in the case of stroke. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you're with experience any signs and symptoms of stroke. The paramedics will arrive and quickly take you to the hospital. Never drive yourself or your loved one to the hospital.
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 Boise and Meridian are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission. We're also recognized by Healthgrades as among the Top 5% in the U.S. for stroke treatment with 5-star designation—the highest possible rating.
St. Luke’s Primary Stroke Center includes:
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.
- 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 manager at (208) 381-9383.