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Stroke

IS IT A STROKE? THINK F-A-S-T

FACE   Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARM   Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH   Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
TIME   If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 911!

Visit our Patient Stories and Videos page to hear radio interviews with NCH neurointerventional radiologist Dr. Ali Shaibani and stroke clinical nurse specialist Janice Lau, RN, APN.

How the NCH Primary Stroke Center Is Here for You

Getting medical help within the first few hours of the onset of stroke symptoms is critical. Luckily, you have top-notch stroke care only minutes from your home, so when you experience signs of a stroke or signs of a mini stroke, you can get the help you need right away.

As a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission, Northwest Community Hospital is THE destination for stroke care in our area, giving patients experiencing the warning signs of a stroke or mini stroke the best chance of survival and recovery through our skilled physicians, lifesaving technology and our comprehensive neurointerventional procedures.

To get a physician referral for your neurological care, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968), view our team of stroke care specialists, or use our online tool to find a physician who is right for you.

When it comes to stroke symptoms, time lost is brain lost. At NCH, our stroke care team will do everything in our power to save your life and prevent you from suffering long-term disability. We use the most sophisticated treatments available. And best of all, we’re fast.

NCH is one of only two hospitals in the Northwest Suburbs to offer the latest minimally invasive neurointerventional procedures. These procedures can significantly diminish, if not reverse, the effects of a stroke. That’s why many hospitals and physicians in the Northwest Suburbs send their patients with stroke symptoms or signs of a mini stroke here for the most advanced care.

At NCH, you’ll find the same level of neurological excellence that you’d find in a Chicago teaching hospital—right here in the Northwest Suburbs. And to make our care for stroke symptoms even better, we also partner with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation to give our patients the best neurointerventional care.

Experience the difference at NCH

Primary Stroke Center

  • Highly specialized multidisciplinary Stroke Team—made up of neurological surgeons, neurointerventional radiologists, neurologists, advanced practice nurses, critical care, ENT and vascular surgery professionals, our team performs the latest treatments on patients displaying stroke symptoms.

Neurological expertise on call

  • Talented board-certified medical staff committed to innovation and compassionate care for patients experiencing signs of a stroke or mini stroke warning signs.
  • Highly experienced in treating ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, as well as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs).
  • In addition, the latest minimally invasive procedures are available for many other neurological issues, including:
    • Migraines and complex headaches
    • Brain aneurysms and vascular diseases of the brain
    • Spinal pain, injuries or damage
    • Brain tumors
    • Movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, epilepsy
    • Neuromuscular disorders including myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy
    • Cognitive disorders including Alzheimer's disease
  • Check our Quality Report Card and see how we compare to other hospitals nationwide.

For emergency or urgent intra-hospital transfers, please call our 24-hour Stroke Hotline at 847.618.8888.

To get a physician referral for your neurological care, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968), view our team of stroke care specialists, or use our online tool to find a physician who is right for you.

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Last Updated 2013/02/08