Stroke Care

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It’s the main cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

It’s extremely important to identify and treat a stroke as quickly as possible, which is why Pardee UNC Health Care has a dedicated stroke care team. This team of physicians, nurses, other clinicians and support staff are highly trained to care for stroke patients quickly, effectively and compassionately.

Working Together for You

At Pardee UNC Health Care, our multidisciplinary stroke team works to reduce the lasting impact of stroke by providing prompt evaluation and treatment of stroke symptoms. The goal is rapid treatment to minimize disability.

The stroke services care team at Pardee UNC Health Care includes:

  • Henderson County EMS
  • Emergency Department Physicians
  • Neurology providers
  • Radiologists
  • Radiology staff
  • Hospitalists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Therapists as well as other members of the Rehabilitation Team
  • Care Coordinators
  • Specially trained Nurse Professionals
  • Dietitians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Laboratory

Not only will you find immediate support from every member of the team utilizing the latest technology to evaluate you and determine the best treatment options, but they’ll also work with you to provide expert follow-up care.

Recognized Stroke Care Program

Pardee UNC Health Care has a strong track record of quality and excellence in stroke care and received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award since 2017. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Additionally, our program has been recognized by Healthgrades as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke (2016).

Advanced Technology and Treatments

When a stroke occurs, every second counts.

Our stroke team is trained to diagnose and treat these types of stroke quickly and effectively. Treatment options include:

  • Assessment by trained Neurologists Anticoagulants
  • Antiplatelets
  • CT Scan using advanced imaging solutions to guide therapy options
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Clot-Dissolving Intravenous Medications

Risk Factors for Stroke

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

These and other risk factors such as a family history of stroke, race (particularly African-American), poor diet, lack of exercise and having other heart problems like atrial fibrillation or congestive heart failure can stack the odds of a stroke against you.

Recovery

Every stroke patient will also meet with a Care Coordinator who will work with your care team to ensure you are getting the continued help you need through rehabilitation, home care, fitness experts or nutrition experts.

Test Your Stroke Knowledge

True or False, you can have a stroke without knowing it?

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True. “Silent strokes” are real and are caused when blood flow to a part of the brain is cut off. But you may not notice anything out of the ordinary. Typically, you learn you’ve had one when permanent damage is found on a brain scan you had for another reason.

True or False, “Silent strokes” and “warning strokes” are the same thing.

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False. A  “warning stroke,” or transient ischemic attack (TIA), happens when a clot briefly keeps blood from getting to part of the brain. Unlike a true stroke, it doesn't cause permanent damage. If you have a TIA, you’re more likely to have a full stroke in the months that follow.

True or False, you can reverse the damage caused by a stroke?

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False. Rehabilitation can help you learn to work around problems after a stroke, but you can’t repair the damage. Physical therapy helps build strength and coordination, occupational therapy helps you take charge of life skills like eating and dressing, and speech-language therapy helps you improve communication.

True or False, bleeding in the brain causes most strokes?

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False. Brain bleeds, which happen when a blood vessel bursts, make up only 13% of strokes. It's much more common for a clot to block a blood vessel that leads to the brain. This can happen when blood vessels narrow from fatty buildup along their walls.

True or False, older women are more likely than older men to have strokes?

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False. Men over 65 are more likely to have a stroke than women of the same age. Other things that boost your risk include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a family history of strokes. Ethnicity also plays a role. 

True or False, stroke damage to the right side of your brain could cause weakness on the left side of your body?

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True. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, and vice versa. Any sudden changes that affect a single side of the body are red flags for a stroke, including: Numbness in an arm or leg, Drooping on one side of the face, and Trouble seeing with one eye

True or False, the signs of stroke depend on what part of the brain loses its blood supply?

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True. When part of the brain stops receiving blood and oxygen, that part can no longer do its job. If it's an area linked to language, you may have trouble speaking. If it's an area that controls muscles, you may not be able to move an arm or a leg. 

True or False, Women who get certain types of migraines are more likely to have a stroke?

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True. Strokes are more common in women who get migraines with visual signs called auras. But the risk is still low, and doctors say these women are less likely to have disabilities after a stroke than survivors with no history of migraines.

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