Stroke Center

Lakeland Regional Health Primary Stroke Center … when every minute counts.

Faster, More Effective Stroke Treatment and Stroke Rehabilitation

Time is of the essence when treating stroke, so having a neurologist always on-site or on call at Lakeland Regional Health is just one way we put patients at the heart of all we do. We also offer state-of-the-art TeleStroke technology by InTouch Health that allows neurologists to assess stroke patients before they even arrive at the emergency department so that life-saving treatments can begin early on.  We were the first in our area to use interventional devices such as carotid stenting and clot removal devices for acute stroke.

Our multidisciplinary team includes emergency department physicians, neurologists, interventional radiologists, intensivists, hospitalists, stroke rehabilitation specialists and nurses specially trained in cerebrovascular disease. Should you or a member of your family need stroke care, these dedicated professionals are prepared and ready to help you.

What is a Primary Stroke Center?

Primary Stroke Centers are those hospitals and medical centers that are certified by The Joint Commission or another government agency. Being named a Primary Stroke Center means that we have met certain requirements in the management and care of stroke patients. What that means for you is prompt, exceptional stroke care from qualified experts from the onset of symptoms and through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. 

Stroke Facts from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

  • Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States.
  • Stroke kills someone in the U.S. about once every four minutes.
  • African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than whites, and a much higher death rate from stroke.
  • Stroke causes 1 of every 20 deaths in the U.S.
  • Stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability.

The good news is that over the last ten years, the death rate from stroke has fallen. As people become more informed about the warning signs of stroke and as stroke care has advanced, patient outcomes have improved.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for stroke include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • atrial fibrillation
  • TIA’s (transient ischemic attacks)
  • carotid disease
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol intake
  • obesity

Warning Signs of Stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can lead to earlier treatments that can help prevent complications.

Recovery from a Stroke

Treatment following a stroke depends on the type of stroke involved. The Primary Stroke Center at LRH also provides advanced medical services to aid in recovery from stroke. Rehabilitation begins soon after diagnosis and can continue in the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitative Medicine* and through our outpatient rehabilitative services.

Our Stroke Recovery Guide provides an in-depth look at ways to reduce your risk of stroke, offers helpful advice for recovery from a stroke, and provides a list of resources for further education and help.

Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

Days of Class: the third Wednesday of every month
Class Duration: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: B201 Conference Room at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center

For more information, visit our Classes page.

Registration is not required for this free program.

*for eligible patients