We strive to intervene as early as possible for patients with stroke symptoms, and we continue to provide quality care to patients after a stroke with the goal of optimizing their recovery.
Our leading-edge medical facilities, technology and techniques mean our providers can perform advanced diagnostic and interventional procedures, like the following and more, to help minimize the effects of stroke:
As the only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region in a Level I Trauma Center, Carle Foundation Hospital has neurosurgeons and neurointerventional specialists available 24/7 to ensure faster treatment and help improve outcomes for patients having a stroke.
Carle BroMenn Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center and, like Carle Foundation Hospital, offers an inpatient rehabilitation unit for patients recovering from a stroke, or other illness or injury.
Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, Carle Eureka Hospital and Carle Richland Memorial Hospital are recognized as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals. This means the teams there are ready to begin stroke care and transfer patients to a higher level of care as needed.
When blood flow to the brain is blocked, that's when you're against the clock. When you suspect someone is having a stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T.:
Is the person suddenly having trouble with balance or coordination?
Is the person suddenly having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?
Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the face drooping or numb?
Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb?
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is speech slurred?
If you or another person show any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Additional signs of stroke may include sudden:
These warning signs may last only a few moments, then go away. Even if the symptoms go away or lessen in severity, you still need to seek treatment — these could be "mini-strokes" and a signal that a larger stroke is coming.
Stroke is a medical emergency and receiving timely stroke treatment is an important step to recovery. Treatment must be started within the first few hours after symptoms begin to be effective.
Calling 911 means that emergency medical personnel can begin assessment on the way to the hospital and a specialized medical team can be ready on arrival.
Anyone can have a stroke, but some people have a higher risk.
Some trait-based factors put you at a higher risk:
Take steps to help control these risk factors:
There are many factors you can control by living a healthy lifestyle. If you have these risk factors, talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.
Knowing how to spot a stroke and respond quickly could potentially save a life—maybe even your own. Test your stroke knowledge by taking this short quiz.
With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.