Complete Stroke Care
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
- 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
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 >
Patient Story: Tom Conrad
Tom Conrad had a stroke in 2015 when he lived in Alaska. He moved to Bradenton last year and has been pleased with the doctors at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Watch the video to hear his story:
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.