Complete Stroke Care

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center

Cerebrovascular accidents, more commonly known as stroke, are attacks on the brain that can cause irreversible damage, disability or death. Stroke is a serious health problem in the United States today, affecting more than 800,000 people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, stroke patients may receive specifically designed services and treatments that focus on prevention and intervention, as well as rehabilitation and education.

If you or someone around you is showing signs of stroke, getting treatment as quickly as possible is key to preventing death or minimizing disability.

Fast and Efficient Stroke Response

Medical teams at Lakewood Ranch react to stroke with the same urgency as a heart attack. The hospital’s specially trained Stroke Alert Team can evaluate and treat stroke emergencies whenever they occur, day or night. With advanced techniques and technology, we can apply our treatment within minutes of your arrival at the hospital. Every second we save can make a difference.

The multidisciplinary stroke team at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center includes:

  • Emergency physicians
  • Emergency nurses
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Medical technicians

With a trained team of healthcare professionals working together, we streamline your care and reduce your chance of further brain injury. The National Institutes of Health have found that this team-based approach to stroke can improve long-term patient outcomes.

Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

2018 Get With The Guidelins Strok Gold Plus Award

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

The hospital has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Read more >

Identifying Stroke Signs and Symptoms

A ruptured or blocked artery in the brain causes you to have stroke. This event interrupts the normal flow of blood to the brain, depriving brain cells of the oxygen they need to survive. The loss of brain cells during a stroke can cause a number of symptoms:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis in the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding simple phrases
  • A loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden or severe headache, in combination with other symptoms

Using the acronym F.A.S.T. as your guide, you can identify the signs of a possible stroke.

F = Face
Ask the person to smile. Check to see if one side of the face droops.
A = Arms
Have the person raise their arms. Watch if one starts to drift downwards.
S = Speech
Tell the person to repeat a simple phrase such as “The sky is blue,” or “See Spot run.” Listen for slurred speech. Some stroke victims are unable to comprehend speech and will repeat the phrase incorrectly.
T= Time
If you notice any of the signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.

Contact Us for Stroke Care

For more information about the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, please call 941-782-2318.