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What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can't work properly.

Brain damage can begin within minutes. That's why it's so important to know the symptoms of stroke and to act fast. Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery.

Stroke Care at St. Luke’s
Our mission is to help you prevent stroke and recognize stroke in yourself and others when it occurs. In the event of a stroke, the specially trained physicians and nurses at St. Luke’s work closely with emergency medical personnel to provide the most advanced medical treatment available. We offer thrombolytic therapy (tPA), a clot-busting medication used to treat some ischemic strokes, as well as around-the-clock access to advanced diagnostic and neurointervention services. And, to support recovery, we offer complete stroke rehabilitation services including physiatry care and physical, speech, and occupational therapy.

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    Stroke: Getting the Right Care at the Right Time

  • Blog Post

    Cowboy is Back in the Saddle after Severe Stroke

    American Heart Association Recognizes St. Luke's Stroke Program

    2015 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Award

    In November 2015, St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold award. The award recognizes St. Luke’s commitment to and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

    “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said John Perl, MD, a St. Luke’s interventional neuroradiologist and stroke specialist. “It’s crucial that patients get the right treatment as quickly as possible based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines.” 


      Stroke Rehabilitation

      Helping You Recover

      Our goal is to help you regain what you’ve lost after a stroke. At St. Luke’s Rehabilitation, you’ll receive care from a variety of clinicians who have expertise in movement, speech, and cognition recovery.

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          Related Conditions

          Transient Ischemic Attack

          When blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced for a short time, often by a blood clot.