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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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Certified stroke center in Davidson County

When you need advanced stroke care, our team of specialists is here for you.

TriStar Skyline Medical Center is proud to be recognized as Tennessee's first Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This means we can provide the highest level of stroke care possible for you or your loved one.

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.

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Stroke symptoms

It is important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke so you can act quickly. Symptoms often occur suddenly and can include:

  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness or loss of coordination
  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Trouble speaking or understanding

Stroke treatments we offer

We are committed to using the latest advancements in technology to deliver comprehensive stroke care.

Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke treatment

Our team offers a wide range of treatment options, including:

  • Cerebral stenting
  • Coiling or clipping of aneurysms
  • Intra-arterial tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)
  • Intravenous tissue tPA
  • Mechanical embolectomy
  • Stealth-guided hematoma evacuation
  • Ventricular drainage (acute and chronic)

Telemedicine

Telemedicine gives patients access to stroke care where it might not be available and helps cut down on the critical time it takes to transfer a patient or wait for a stroke specialist to arrive at the emergency room (ER).

We serve as the hub for TriStar Health's telemedicine network. Our remote technology allows instant evaluation by a neurologist specializing in stroke care upon a patient's arrival to a TriStar emergency department.

Personalized stroke rehabilitation

Our stroke rehabilitation program includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy and specialized treatments, such as swallowing therapy. Our certified rehabilitation nurses and therapists have advanced training to help you or your loved one recover from a stroke.

Stroke support group

As a part of our stroke rehabilitation, we offer access to stroke support groups. Meetings take place in the ground floor Auditorium A from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on the first Monday of each month. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, we’ll meet on the second Monday of that month.

Young Stroke Program

Having a stroke at a young age poses an array of unique challenges. You are at your most active in your younger years so naturally you want your active lifestyle back, and it is our goal to help you get there. While rehabilitation does not reverse the brain damage caused by a stroke, it can go far to help achieve the best possible outcome for long-term recovery. The Young Stroke Program is designed to address the demands of young stroke survivors and every day, we will be doing our best to get you back to doing the things you love most.

Why people choose our program

Young stroke patients cover a wide range of ages but the average age is 53 years old. We specialize in a rehab program based on what research shows is best for young stroke patients, including specific therapy treatments for reintroducing technology into your day to day living. Additionally, we provide therapy sessions in real-life settings such as a simulated kitchen, bedroom, bath, laundry and various outdoor training environments

Data based on the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehab and the Press Ganey 2019 annual report shows that:

  • 16 days is the average length of stay
  • 85% of patients returned to home
  • 90% of patients recommend our facility

Visiting hours are from 6:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week. Please keep in mind that our patients are periodically in and out of their rooms throughout the day, particularly while receiving therapies and at meal times.

We are here to answer your questions. Give us a call at (615) 769-7300 for more information.

TriStar Skyline Medical Center stroke outcomes

As the first Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center in Tennessee, TriStar Skyline Medical Center has consistently provided high-quality, advanced stroke care for patients.

Stroke date report
January-December 2020
Measure TriStar Skyline Medical Center Benchmark
Percent of ischemic stroke patients receiving intravenous (IV) thrombolytic therapy during the hospital stay who have a time from hospital arrival to initiation of thrombolytic therapy administration (door-to-needle) of 60 minutes or less. 98.6% 85.4% All Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) hospitals.
Rapid treatment with IV Alteplase (tPA) has been demonstrated to improve recovery after a stroke and assist in decreasing long term disability from an ischemic stroke. Median Door-to-IV tPA:36 Minutes* (All cases included) American Heart Association Goal: Door-to-IV tPA 90 minutes or less.
A cerebral arteriogram, also known as a cerebral angiogram, is an imaging test that uses x-rays and dye to see arteries in the neck and head. This test is used to see how blood moves through the arteries or damaged arteries. Diagnostic Cerebral Angiogram Complication Rate: 0% Joint Commission Standard: 24-Hour Post-Procedure Stroke and Death Rate of Less Than or Equal to 1% for Diagnostic Catheter Angiography.

Getting to our emergency room

It's important to know where to go when you're having an emergency, especially if you're experiencing a stroke.

Where to find us

We are located in the back of the hospital. Follow the signs to the walk-in emergency entrance. We offer free parking right next to that entrance.


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