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Stroke Care

With five accredited stroke centers, Kettering Health Network consistently remains the most trusted name for stroke care in the Dayton region. Grandview Medical Center, Southview Medical Center, Sycamore Medical Center, and Soin Medical Center are equipped to offer advanced stroke care close to home. Kettering Medical Center was the first facility in the nation to receive the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) Comprehensive Stroke center accreditation.

Being a comprehensive stroke center means we provide care for stroke patients with complex needs and have advanced treatment options in key areas such as neurology, neurosurgery and neurointerventional imaging.

HFAP is a nationally recognized accreditation organization whose mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through the objective application of recognized standards.

The stroke team at The Neuroscience Institute has remarkable expertise and a firm grasp on the importance of promoting prevention and education to the community. The team brings Dayton area residents access to unparalleled comprehensive stroke care.

Stroke is:

  • The leading cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death.
  • 800,000 Americans suffer from strokes every year.
  • Stroke kills approximately 130,000 Americans each year.
  • Nearly one in four strokes occurs in people who have had a previous stroke.
  • Risk increases with age, is more common in adults over 65 years of age, but can occur at any age.

Types of Stroke

Ischemic stroke accounts for about 87% of all cases and occur as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. The underlying condition for this type of obstruction is the development of fatty deposits lining the blood vessel walls.

Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for about 13% of all cases and results from a weakened blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain. The blood accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue.

A TIA is often called a mini-stroke however it is more accurately characterized as a "warning stroke" and is a warning you should take very seriously. TIA is caused by a clot and the only difference between a stroke and a TIA is that with TIA, the blockage is transient (temporary). TIA symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time with most lasting less than five minutes and the average being about one minute. When a TIA is over it usually causes no permanent injury to the brain. According to the American Stroke Association, about one third of people who experience TIA go on to have a stroke within a year. TIA is a warning stroke and gives patients time to act and keep a permanent stroke from occurring. By recognizing TIA symptoms and getting to the hospital, the patient can get help in finding out why the TIA occurred and get treatment (either through medication or surgery) that can prevent a stroke from occurring.

Many strokes can be prevented by reducing risks through lifestyle changes:

  • Blood Pressure control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Control heart rate irregularities such as atrial fibrillation
  • Blood sugar control in diabetics through proper diet and exercise
  • Cholesterol control

Stroke Risk Factors

  • Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Previous Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Heart Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFIB)

In Women

  • Migraines with aura
  • Birth control pills
  • History of Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
  • Lupus
  • Clotting disorders

Stroke Signs and Symptoms

  • Weakness, numbness or paralysis of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Difficulty walking, loss of balance or coordination
  • Problem with speaking, slurred speech, or inability to understand simple statements
  • Sudden severe headache, usually described as the worst headache of your life
  • Sudden change in vision, blurry, double, dimming or visual loss