The Stroke Center
6901 Medical Parkway
Waco, TX 76712
P: (254) 751-4036
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The First Certified Primary Stroke Center in Central Texas
The Providence stroke team of top professionals, armed with the latest technology, received a Certificate of Distinction by The Joint Commission-an independent, not-for-profit organization that has been the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of healthcare organizations for over 50 years.
The Stroke Center at Providence is also a State Certified Stroke Center. These certifications mean The Stroke Center at Providence has achieved the highest rating by leading outside evaluations. Our stroke patients and their families can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible care in the industry.
Stroke is an Emergency!
Every second counts. If any of the signs and symptoms is experienced, call 9-1-1 immediately. Time lost is brain lost.
Recognize the Signs & Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; especially on one side of the body.
- Suddden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding words.
- Sudden blurred vision or trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
What is Stroke?
The brain needs a constant supply of blood, which carries the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. A stroke occurs when one of the arteries that supply blood to the brain is blocked or bursts. As a result, part of the brain does not get the blood it needs, so it starts to die. When a stroke damages a certain part of the brain, that area may no longer work as well as it did before the stroke, which can cause problems with walking, speaking, seeing or feeling.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
If an artery leading to the brain, or inside the brain, becomes blocked for a short period of time, the lack of blood (and oxygen) can cause a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" with symptoms such as numbness, trouble speaking, and loss of balance or coordination. It is common for these symptoms to last for a very short period of time and then disappear, causing no permanent damage. They are a serious warning sign and should not be ignored.
Ischemic Stroke or "clot stroke" is the most common type. The stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. Brain cells begin to die if blood flow is not returned.
- Treatment - drugs and acute hospital care. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and other clot-busting drugs are available for treatment, but they must be administered within a three-hour window. If given promptly, 1 in 3 patients who receive tPA resolve their symptoms or have major improvement in their stroke symptoms
Hemorrhagic Stroke is referred to as a "bleeding stroke" and occurs when diseased vessels or an aneurysm bursts causing bleeding in or around the brain.
- Treatment - hospital care is required. Medications may be prescribed to reduce the brain swelling but surgery may be needed depending on the cause of the hemorrhage.
For more information about stroke, contact the American Stroke Association.