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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.


Stroke treatment in South Nashville

Our skilled neurologists are committed to treating you with fast, comprehensive stroke care.

At TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, you have access to the latest treatment options for stroke care, including medication and surgery. We offer telemedicine technology, allowing you to consult with a neurologist whenever you have symptoms of a stroke, and our specialists are available 24/7 to diagnose and treat stroke.

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Our stroke care services

Our patients have access to a neurologist 24/7, through the emergency room (ER) or our telemedicine program.

Emergency stroke services

When you are having a medical emergency, it is important to get the help that you need fast. Our experienced emergency room physicians can quickly diagnose and determine the best stroke treatment for you or your loved one. We provide comprehensive stroke options including advanced medication and interventional surgery.

Telemedicine services

Within seconds of a request for a consultation, a physician can position our telemedicine robot at a patient's bedside.

This technology provides two-way audio and video communication. The doctor can even remotely control devices, such as an electronic stethoscope, to conduct an exam. After your virtual consultation, a neurologist will be able to understand your condition as fully as though you were physically in the room together. We can then move forward with prompt, effective treatment based on your specific diagnosis.

Understanding stroke symptoms and stroke risk factors

Knowing how to identify a stroke can help you get expedited, lifesaving treatment.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the brain's blood supply is interrupted. This can be caused by a blocked or narrowed artery (ischemic stroke) or by sudden bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke). In some cases, blood flow to the brain is disrupted (transient ischemic attack).

When any of these types of stroke happen, part of the brain does not get the blood it needs. It begins to deteriorate. When brain cells die, new ones do not replace them. That is why quick treatment is so important. Prompt neurological care can:

  • Decrease your likelihood of needing major surgery or a lengthy hospitalization
  • Decrease the risk of complications following initial treatment
  • Help you heal faster

Identifying stroke symptoms

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Understanding the causes of stroke, as well as being able to recognize a stroke, is the best way to ensure prompt treatment when a stroke occurs.

  • Most strokes are preventable and many can be treated, but immediate medical care must be initiated. Keep the acronym "FAST" in mind:
  • F: Face is drooping, especially on one side
  • A: Arm is drifting downward
  • S: Speech difficulty, including slurring or difficulty understanding others
  • T: Time to call 911

Other signs of stroke include:

  • Sudden confusion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache
  • Trouble seeing from one or both eyes

If you notice these symptoms, seek emergency care. Not all of these warning signs are seen in every stroke, and some signs may come and go. However, even if the symptoms go away, you need emergency care. The longer a stroke goes without treatment, the greater the risk for brain damage and potential disability.

Risk factors for stroke

Anyone can have a stroke, but the most common risk factors include:

  • Age (People 55 years old or older are more likely to experience a stroke.)
  • Excessive alcohol use or substance abuse
  • Family history of stroke
  • Heart or carotid artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity and/or physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet

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BE FAST: Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke 

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May is Stroke Awareness Month, and experts say spotting signs and symptoms could help save someone's life.

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