Someone in the United States has a stroke an average of every 40 seconds, and stroke can impact anyone of any age. That's why it is important for people to have easy access to the highest level of stroke care possible. Gundersen Health System is the area's first Primary Stroke Center offering the latest advances in emergency stroke treatment. Gundersen's Stroke Center has demonstrated its commitment to quality stroke care and has earned multiple achievements.
These advances are available thanks in part to the addition of a neurovascular surgeon at Gundersen, as well as a surgical suite that offers the latest technology in vascular imaging. The combination allows Gundersen to provide new stroke treatments—including a procedure to surgically remove a clot that is blocking blood flow to the brain—and stroke prevention options for patients.
You wouldn't wait to go to the emergency room if you thought you were having a heart attack. Why would you wait if you thought you were having a stroke? Time lost is brain lost.
Learn the BE FAST signs. If you experience any of these, don't wait. Call 9-1-1 immediately and get to Gundersen right away.
When it's a brain attack, BE FAST!
Stroke strikes suddenly! Know the warning signs:
B=Sudden loss of coordination and Balance
E=Sudden loss of vision or double vision (Eyes)
F=Weakness on one side of the Face
A=Arm or leg weakness on one side
S=Difficulty speaking or understanding Speech
T=Time symptoms started
A sudden and severe headache can be another sign.
There are two different kinds of stroke. With one form of stroke, doctors can give a drug to help minimize the severity of the stroke. Learn about the different types of stroke.
Stroke is a serious medical condition, and time is crucial to minimize the effects. Gundersen takes a team approach to treating stroke with the people and processes in place to provide the best treatment in the quickest time. These team members include specialists in:
- Vascular neurology
- Neuroendovascular surgery
- Neurocritical care
- Internal medicine
For more information about the services offered in the Stroke Center, call (608) 775-4584 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 54584.