Stroke Care

Joint Commission-certified Leader in Wisconsin

A healthy brain requires a constant flow of blood and oxygen. When a stoppage or blockage interrupts blood flow to your brain – for even a few minutes – brain cells begin to die. When you're having a stroke, immediate medical attention may mean the difference between life and death. 

If you’ve survived a stroke, you may experience trouble speaking, swallowing, remembering or moving around. Fortunately, with the right care, you can take steps to minimize the damage of your stroke. Our staff can help you get back to a better quality of life. 

Our Comprehensive Stroke Center at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and Primary Stroke Centers offer you lifesaving stroke care 24/7, including:

  • Multidisciplinary acute stroke teams: Aurora neurologists and neurosurgeons; rehabilitation; occupational, speech and physical therapists; physicians, nurses and other staff members dedicated to your care
  • State-of-the-art neuroimaging services that identify the source of strokes, quickly and accurately
  • Neurosurgical services to repair brain damage caused by strokes
  • Neuroendovascular services, advanced therapies that combine radiology and neurosurgery to treat strokes
  • Diagnostic services to accurately evaluate your condition

If stroke symptoms bring you to Aurora, our stroke care standards are designed to save your life thanks to:

  • Written protocols for emergency care of stroke patients
  • Special training for emergency department personnel to diagnose and treat acute stroke
  • Dedicated stroke units staffed by physicians and nurses experienced in caring for acute stroke patients
  • Outcome and quality improvement activities to monitor your stroke recovery

Knowing the Symptoms of a Stroke May Save Your Life  

Do you know common stroke symptoms?  Less than one in five Americans can identify even one symptom. That’s scary, because when it comes to a stroke, timing is crucial. If you or a loved one is having any of the symptoms below, seek immediate medical attention.

To remember the symptoms of a stroke, think F.A.S.T.:

F = Face (Can you smile? Does one side of the face sag or droop?)

A = Arms (Can you raise both arms? Or does one arm drift downward?)

S = Speech (Is your speech slurred or sound strange? Can you repeat a single sentence?)

T = Time (If you have any of these signs or observe them in others, quickly call 911. Get to the nearest primary stroke center or hospital immediately.)

Sobering Stroke Statistics

If you are having a stroke, every second counts. Know the facts:

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 45 seconds someone in America has a stroke
  • During a stroke, 32,000 of your brain cells die every second; In one minute, 2 million brain cells die
  • Every year, strokes leave nearly 266,000 people with permanent disabilities; 30,000 will become permanent admissions to nursing homes

Contact Us

If you or your loved one has suffered from a stroke, we can help you get your life back on track.

To find a neurological care doctor, call 888-863-5502.