Stroke Center

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

Faster, More Effective Stroke Treatment

Time is of the essence when treating stroke, so having a neurologist always on-site or on call at Lakeland Regional Health allows us to deliver the best outcomes and safest, timeliest care.

Patients needing complex lifesaving neuro-interventional procedures for conditions that previously required transportation to hospitals outside Polk County can receive immediate treatment at Lakeland Regional Health’s new Biplanar NeuroInterventional Suite. This new technology allows physicians to perform neurointerventional procedures for stroke, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms and other conditions of the central nervous system. Patients treated using biplanar technology tend to experience shorter recovery times, less pain and less complications.

Highly specialized Neuro-interventional Radiologists are experts in these types of radiology treatments, using imaging equipment to see into the body and guide their procedures.

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 Comprehensive Stroke Center?

Lakeland Regional Health’s Stroke Center is pleased to offer a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, named by the Agency for Health Care Administration. This advanced certification was developed for those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

This high level of certification recognizes the significant difference in resources, staff and training necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases. To earn this certification, LRH Medical Center was required to meet rigorous standards, including:

  • Physicians and other specialists trained in vascular (blood vessel), neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular treatments.
  • Experience and knowledge treating patients with complex types of stroke.
  • Dedicated neurointensive care unit for complex stroke patients.
  • Participation in stroke research.

In addition, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center has operated a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center since 2008. 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 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 treatment

Recovery from a Stroke

Treatment following a stroke depends on the type of stroke involved. The Comprehensive 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