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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 care in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Get high-quality stroke care so you can recover as quickly as possible.

At TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, we know expert stroke care is critical to treatment and recovery. Our stroke specialists and neurologists partner to diagnose and treat strokes, helping you regain mobility and independence.

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.

Signs of a stroke

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help you get the emergency care you need. Signs of a stroke include:

  • Balance difficulties
  • Bodily numbness on one side
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Difficulty talking
  • Difficulty understanding speech
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden confusion
  • Vision issues

Our stroke care services

All strokes share some common symptoms, but the care plan your neurologist recommends will ultimately depend on the stroke's root cause. We will identify that cause, helping to get you whatever treatment and rehabilitative care you need.

Types of stroke we treat

There are two primary types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic, and they are caused by bleeding in the brain (e.g., caused by a burst artery) or blocked blood flow to the brain. We offer several treatment options for both types of stroke, including:

  • Aneurysm clipping: Used to treat hemorrhagic stroke, this procedure places a small clamp at the base of an aneurysm to stop the bleeding that is putting excessive pressure on the brain.
  • Aneurysm coiling: Used to treat hemorrhagic stroke, this procedure inserts a wire coil into the aneurysm that prevents blood from flowing in.
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting: Used to treat ischemic stroke, this procedure inserts a catheter into the blocked artery and inserts a balloon to open it. Additionally, a stent may be placed to keep it from closing. This effectively restores blood flow through the artery.
  • Carotid endarterectomy: Used as a preventive measure before an ischemic stroke, this procedure removes plaque buildup from inside a carotid artery to restore normal blood flow before a stroke occurs.
  • Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) administration: Used to treat ischemic stroke, this drug is used to break down blood clots blocking blood flow to the brain. It is a type of blood thinner and cannot be used in the treatment of hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Thrombectomy: Used to treat an ischemic stroke, this is the surgical removal of a blood clot from inside a vein or artery.

Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery may be recommended in stroke cases where severe bleeding is present. Your surgeon can perform a procedure to remove blood from the brain and alleviate pressure. Surgery can also be used to prevent further rupture or to treat a blocked artery.

Noninvasive stroke care

If you have a blockage, your doctor may recommend tPA treatment. This is a protein that can help break down clots and is given through an injection. If your stroke is the result of bleeding, a neurologist may use blood-thinners to lower your blood pressure. However, if extensive bleeding is involved, you may also need surgery.

When to call 911 for stroke

You should always call 911 if you suspect you or someone else is having a stoke. The best way for you to be prepared for this is to know the symptoms of a stroke.

What to do if you think someone is having a stroke

The popular acronym, FAST, is an easy way to remember what to keep an eye out for and do about stroke symptoms:

  • F — Face drooping
  • A — Arm weakness
  • S — Speech slurring or difficulty
  • T — Time to call 911

If you or someone you love is experiencing these or other stroke symptoms, call 911 as soon as possible.


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