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Stroke Care

A stroke, also known as a “brain attack” occurs when blood flow in the brain is interrupted, either by a clot or when blood leaks into the brain from a ruptured vessel.

The result? Loss of brain cells – 1.9 million neurons are lost each minute of a stroke. When this occurs, people lose the ability to function as they did minutes prior to the stroke. Sudden loss of speech, sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg and a sudden severe headache are common signs you are having a stroke.

What do you do if you or someone you know displays these symptoms? Call 9-1-1 immediately! Do not go to bed or carry on your day thinking you will start feeling better.

Our Emergency Stroke Centers Offer:

  • Immediate Emergency Department access
  • Dedicated inpatient stroke unit with monitored beds
  • Specialty-trained nurses
  • Rapid evaluation
  • Use of thrombolytic or "clot-busting" agents if indicated
  • Timely communication from the Emergency Department
  • Comprehensive patient and family education
  • For more information on Stroke Care at Saint Joseph Hospital please email us.


Contact Us - Emergency Department - 859.313.1176

When to Call 9-1-1: 

  • Chest pains 
  • Slurred speech and sudden impaired use of limbs 
  • Bleeding that can't be stopped
  • Loss of consciousness 

Emergency Department Registration  - 859.313.1268

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