Bookmark and Share
  • dwane-story-home-banner
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease

    Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Kentucky. Also called "brain attack," stroke is a medical emergency as serious as a heart attack.

    Our stroke specialists are available 24 hours a day to treat stroke immediately, using the latest technology and clot-busting drugs to treat strokes before they cause brain damage. Learn more about our stroke quality measures and survival after carotid endarterectomy.

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of stroke. 

  • Jcaho LogoStroke center certification

    Our comprehensive stroke center was the first in the region to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center. That certification, issued by The Joint Commission (TJC), is a recognition of the hospital’s specially trained physicians and staff, as well as the results of its Stroke Center.

  • UK 24-hour stroke care service

    Our Stroke Team is dedicated to the immediate treatment of stroke. That's why we've set up the following services:

    • 24-hour, inpatient pharmacy to deliver state-of-the-art drugs at any hour
    • In-house X-Ray technologists operating CT scanners and MRIs to quickly identify stroke and cerebrovascular disease
    • 24-hour in-house neurology and neurosurgery consultation services specializing in stroke treatment
    • tPA kit in the emergency department
    • Helicopter transport 
  • For follow up appointments, go to:

    UK Stroke Center Clinic
    Kentucky Clinic
    First floor, Wing C (across from Starbucks)
    740 South Limestone
    Lexington, KY 40536-0284

    Directions >

    Call 859-257-1000 or toll free toll free 1-800-333-8874 to make an appointment with a general physician at Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.

  • Stroke Warning Signs

    Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you may be having a stroke. 

    There's a common misconception that stroke always looks like a massive, debilitating seizure. In reality, many stroke sufferers experience mild symptoms and aren't sure whether they've had a stroke. But even these seemingly mild attacks require immediate medical attention. Use the FAST test if you think you or someone you know has suffered a stroke.

    Facial weakness - Ask the person to smile. Does his or her face drop?
    Arm weakness - Can he or she raise both arms?
    Speech problems - Is it possible to repeat a simple sentence without slurring words?
    Time - Don't waste it. Call 911 immediately.

    Only a doctor can issue a medical diagnosis of stroke, but using the FAST test helps get stroke patients to a hospital in time. This quick test should be performed if any of the following symptoms arise:

    • 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 

    It's always better to err on the side of caution if you experience these symptoms or fail part of the FAST test. Recovery from stroke is common, but it requires quick action.

    Other warning signs include:

    • Abrupt loss of vision in one eye
    • Weakness, numbness or heaviness in one arm or leg, or one side of the body
    • Severe headache followed by sleepiness

    If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention or call 911.

    arrow  Stroke warning signs fact sheet 

    arrow  Learn more about F.A.S.T. and UK's designation as a primary stroke center (PDF, 1.25 MB)

  • Leading-edge stroke care

    Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access to not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. The KNI uses the most advanced technology such as the Trevo and Solitaire stent-trievers to re-open blocked blood vessels in the brain.

    These stent-trievers are guided by doctors, but are smaller and more flexible than a human hand. They are inserted like a catheter through the arteries, an a neurointerventionalist physician uses X-ray imaging to guide it to the clot. The stent is deployed inside the clot, and ensnares it; the doctor then retrieves both the stent and the clot, reopening the vessel.

    The KNI is also actively performing studies to develop additional treatments for reversing the effects of acute stroke. 

  • Stroke Screening

    Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you may be having a stroke.

    Invite us to your health fair!

    Stroke Center representatives are available to perform risk screenings and stroke education at community health fairs. For more information, send an e-mail to


  • Do you know your risk for stroke?

    Find out by downloading our stroke risk card (PDF, 74 KB) and checking off all the risk factors that apply to you. Learn more about stroke and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk for stroke by reading our stroke education sheet. Please visit the American Stroke Association to learn more about stroke and your risk factors.

    Information and Support

    The National Stroke Association Survivor and Caregiver Resources
    The National Stroke Association Survivor and Caregiver Resources lists stroke centers, stroke support groups and support organizations in North America. 

    The Stroke Network
    An online network developed by stroke survivor Steve Mallory to provide support for stroke survivors. A handy source of information about stroke that offers many helpful links and sponsors discussion lists and chat groups for cyber support. 

  • UK/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network

    UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare have partnered with area hospitals to help develop the first community-based stroke program in the region. The partnership is designed to provide the highest quality clinical care and educational programs to hospital staff as well as community members.

    Learn more »

  • 2013 Gold Plus Honor RollStroke Gold Plus Award

    The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Page last updated: 10/17/2013 1:55:52 PM