Education is the key to preventing stroke. We speak to all kinds of groups about stroke prevention and warning signs. If you would like someone to speak to your group about stroke, please contact us.
We also offer a free stroke community education event every May and October.
The Primary Stroke Center at Mercy Regional uses several diagnostic tests to help with early detection and treatment of stroke patients. These tests evaluate everything from heart disease (a heart attack can lead to stroke, and vice versa), to bleeding in the brain, to the amount of damage to the brain.
- Blood tests
- Complete blood count
- Blood sugar
- Liver and kidney function
- Prothrombin time (PT)
- Cardiac panel
- Carotid ultrasound
- Carotid angiogram
- Computed tomography (CT) angiogram
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Holter monitoring
- Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
For strokes that are identified immediately, we are able to administer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only FDA-approved drug to treat ischemic stroke. When given to qualifying patients within three hours of stroke occurrence, this blood thinner can help minimize disability.
Remember, when it comes to stroke, time matters.
For treatment following the occurrence of a stroke, we offer the rapid, coordinated care necessary to help patients reduce the effects of stroke and regain as much function as possible. Services include: