A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked (ischemic) or bleeds (hemorrhagic). Blood carrying oxygen can't get to the brain and brain cells start to die. Damaged areas of the brain can lead to loss of bodily functions, such as speech, arm movement and sight, can be impaired.
Brain damage can begin within minutes. Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chances of a full recovery.
It is important to recognize if you or a loved one is having a stroke so you seek help immediately. An easy way to remember the signs and symptoms of stroke is to think F.A.S.S.T.
Typically, a CT scan is the first test performed, during or after after a stroke. A CT scan will show whether the stroke was caused by a blocked artery or by a leaking or ruptured artery. About 80 percent of the time, a stroke is caused by a blocked artery.
For a stroke caused by a clot or blockage, doctors might use:
Treatment for a stroke caused by a leaking or ruptured artery includes:
Stroke is a major cause of serious, long-term disabilities, including:
Most of these problems will improve with time and rehabilitation, but starting a treatment program as soon as possible after a stroke is vital to your recovery.
Mercy stroke experts use a team approach focused on healing and helping you regain your independence. You’ll have access to a wide range of rehabilitation specialists, including:
The Mercy team will be at your side to encourage and support you every step of the way. We are eager to see you recover as much as possible so you can get back to doing all the things you love.