When it comes to stroke symptoms, time lost is brain lost. Getting medical help within the first few hours after you experience signs of a stroke or mini stroke is critical. With NCH top-notch stroke care conveniently close to home, you can get the help you need right away.
NCH's stroke program has consistently received high recognition from rating organizations. As a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission, NCH 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.
We've received the 2015 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and were named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Furthermore, NCH has been a Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 11 years in a row (2005-2015). Learn more.
What is a stroke?
The effectiveness of any stroke therapy depends on how quickly you recognize the symptoms and seek emergency medical care. Illinois law mandates that any patient believed to be suffering from stroke symptoms must be transported to the closest Primary Stroke Center.
More than 85% of strokes are from a clot formation that blocks blood flow to the brain. This is an “ischemic stroke”. This type of stroke can be treated with tPA in certain patients. A hemorrhage or “bleeding” stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures in the brain. This type of stroke CANNOT be treated with tPA.
What should you do if you suspect a stroke?
- Call 911 immediately – a stroke is a medical emergency.
- Ask to be taken to a Primary Stroke Center such as Northwest Community Hospital. An Illinois law passed in September 2009 mandates that any patient believed to be exhibiting signs of a stroke must be transported to the closest Primary Stroke Center.
- Be sure to note the time when symptoms first occurred.