Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in Kentucky. Getting treatment as soon as a stroke occurs can make a huge difference in survival and recovery.
At UK HealthCare, we offer treatment, prevention, research and rehabilitation for stroke patients. Our experienced experts use
leading-edge technology and clot-busting drugs to provide personalized care for each patient. We are available 24 hours a day to treat patients immediately, before strokes cause brain damage.
UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" for maintaining specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Learn more about the
Stroke Gold Plus Award »
Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you may be having a stroke.
A key part of the Kentucky Neurosciences Institute, our stroke program is staffed full time by talented vascular neurologists. These experts offer the most comprehensive care for cerebrovascular disease and aneurysms.
In the hospital, we care for people who have had strokes in our inpatient stroke unit, which is certified by The Joint Commission.
Once out of the hospital, we treat stroke patients at the Cerebrovascular Disorder Clinic. At the clinic, we evaluate patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack, as well as patients who have a history of stroke risk factors. Patients are cared for by a team of attending doctors as well as resident doctors and medical students.
The stroke center at UK Chandler Hospital was the first in the region to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare have partnered with regional hospitals to ensure every stroke patient in our area receives the very best care. Learn more about the Stroke Care Network »
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 911 immediately.
Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information is important to your health care provider and can affect treatment decisions.
If given within three hours of the first symptom, a clot-buster medication may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke.
Stroke symptoms include:
Call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. UK HealthCare was the first health care center in the region to offer the Merci® Retrieval System, a leading-edge tool for removing potentially lethal blood clots in the brain.
Leading-edge stroke treatments offered at UK HealthCare:
Take action now to avoid a stroke. Learn how »
The UK Stroke Program screens hundreds of individuals each year. If you are planning a community event and would like to offer a stroke risk screening, please complete the request form and email it to Crystal Vires-Smith.
Download request form (PDF, 51 KB) »
The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute is discovering new and advanced ways to bring findings from the researcher's lab to the patient's bedside through clinical trials and research grants. By combining the expertise of researchers and physicians, KNI can offer the most advanced treatments. Learn more about clinical trials »
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Kentucky. Getting treatment as soon as a stroke occurs can make a huge difference in survival and recovery.
At UK HealthCare, we offer treatment, prevention, research and rehabilitation for stroke patients. Our experienced experts use leading-edge technology and clot-busting drugs to provide personalized care for each patient. We are available 24 hours a day to treat patients immediately, before strokes cause brain damage.
Most commonly, patients are referred through their primary care provider or neurologist.
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