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Stroke

A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is either reduced or stopped, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A stroke may cause loss in brain function and affect movement and speech.

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Stroke treatment in Ashland City, Tennessee

If you or a loved one has had a stroke, we offer compassionate care that will help get you on the road to recovery.

At TriStar Ashland City Medical Center, we provide lifesaving stroke care. Using the latest advancements in telemedicine and stroke treatment, we deliver acute care when minutes matter the most. When you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, seeking medical treatment quickly can make a big difference in successful treatment and recovery.

Need a physician referral?

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

Symptoms of a stroke

Signs and symptoms of a stroke can vary with each person, but general signs to look for include:

  • Arm weakness
  • Confusion
  • Facial weakness
  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg
  • Severe headache
  • Speech problems
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Trouble walking or dizziness

Our stroke services

We specialize in the swift diagnosis and treatment of strokes. An effective way we achieve this is through telemedicine.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine gives community hospitals and emergency rooms immediate access to acute stroke care, especially in communities where neurologists are not on call 24/7. Within seconds, a physician can position the telemedicine robot at your bedside and connect to a TriStar Health neurologist specializing in stroke care.

The robot provides two-way video communication and remote diagnostic devices, such as an electronic stethoscope. Additionally, your neurologist can remotely examine your ability to move and speak and even zoom in to allow a complete exam.

Because we are part of a large family of hospitals, our doctors are able to coordinate your transfer to the closest comprehensive stroke center if needed.

Benefits of telemedicine in stroke care

By getting immediate access to a neurologist, you may be able to receive time-critical medications, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which can save brain function and reduce disability. Additionally, emergency physicians can more quickly treat you and reduce or eliminate the long-term effects of stroke.

Getting to the emergency room (ER)

If you are a loved one are experiencing a stroke, get medical treatment immediately. Our emergency room offers 24/7 treatment for strokes and other emergencies.

Risk factors for stroke

Many strokes can be prevented. Education is key, and we want you to recognize the conditions that may make you more likely to have a stroke.

Factors that can lead to a stroke

You can lower your risk for a stroke with healthy lifestyle changes. Some risk factors that impact your chance of having a stroke include:

  • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Poor diet

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