Stroke Care

Certified Primary Stroke Center

If you or someone you know is facing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 now.

Once a stroke is diagnosed, it’s a race against time. With the quickest possible response, damage to the brain can be minimized and a stroke victim’s chances for recovery drastically improve.

Our goal here at Hendricks Regional Health is to preserve a stroke victim’s future quality of life, provide the best stroke care possible to our community, and raise awareness for stroke warning signs and prevention.

Leaders in High-Quality Stroke Care

We are proud to be a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and honored to receive five stars from Healthgrades for the quality of our treatment of stroke. That means our stroke care is specially designed to quickly diagnose, effectively treat and better manage stroke patients across Western and Central Indiana.

As a certified Primary Stroke Center, we're leaders in providing high-quality care to those experiencing stroke signs and symptoms. The benefits of tPA, a clot-busting treatment, in stroke patients are time-dependent, and guidelines recommend a door-to-needle time of 60 minutes or less. According to the American Stroke Association, studies have found that less than 30% of U.S. patients are treated within this window. At Hendricks Regional Health, 100% of our stroke patients receive the brain-saving medication within 60 minutes of arrival. This is just one of the many examples why our community can turn to us when every second counts.

Mobile Telestroke Program

Our Telestroke Program is the first of its kind in Central Indiana. The innovative program works by equipping local ambulances with iPads that connect our first responders with our Emergency Department physicians. The technology allows them to communicate with each other in the ambulance and quickly diagnose stroke symptoms while on the way to the hospital.

Telestroke allows us to deliver critical clot-busting treatment to stroke patients faster than ever before, reducing treatment times from 55 minutes to as low as 35 minutes. This cutting-edge, lifesaving program is critical in helping us to limit the debilitating impact of a stroke on our patients.

Warning Signs of Stroke: Act FAST

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Sometimes called a "brain attack," a stroke occurs after the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Like a heart attack, this occurs after the blood flow is disrupted by a blockage. People often do not recognize stroke signs. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 at any sign of a stroke.

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Use FAST to remember the warning signs:

  • FACE – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • TIME – If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Be sure to note the time when any symptoms first appear so you can share this information with our healthcare team.

Understand & Control Your Risk

Many people consider strokes to be a problem faced only by the elderly, but more than one out of four stroke victims are under the age of 65. Click here to learn more from the National Stroke Association about risk factors for men and women of any age.

Healthy lifestyle changes can help lower your risk for both stroke and coronary artery disease. For example, quitting smoking, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight all can help decrease your risk. If your blood pressure or cholesterol is high, it is important to talk to your physician about how to reduce it. You should also work with your physician to manage chronic medical conditions such as diabetes. Learn more about the community wellness and prevention offerings at Hendricks Regional Health.

Hendricks Regional Health Stroke Clinic

Following a stroke, patients often need a lot of specialized care and follow-up. Scheduling and tracking multiple appointments can be overwhelming for someone who is simply trying to regain basic abilities. To make stroke recovery more manageable, Hendricks Regional Health offers a Stroke Clinic in the Hendricks Neurology office.

The clinic brings multiple services together in one place at one time. Patients can receive services from our experts in neurology, speech therapy, physical and/or occupational therapy and nutrition. Diabetes educators and the social services department are also available. Our neurohospitalist and other care team members refer patients to the clinic early in their recovery so that they can take advantage of this convenient, crucial service.

To find out more about our stroke clinic and services, call our Neurology office at (317) 718-4730.

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