Expert stroke treatment and care in Terre Haute, Indiana
At Terre Haute Regional Hospital, our neurologists provide comprehensive stroke treatment and educate the Wabash Valley community on stroke prevention. According to the CDC, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds and dies from the event every four minutes.
To speak to one of our registered nurses about stroke treatment, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 742-2362.
What happens during a stroke?
During a stroke, the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. This causes the brain tissue to die within minutes. If the stroke goes untreated for a long period, brain cells will continue to die, which significantly decreases the patient's chance of making a full recovery.
Signs of a stroke
A stroke is a medical emergency, so it is important to learn the symptoms of stroke, which can include:
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
- Slurred speech
- Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache
If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more stroke symptoms, call 911.
Types of stroke
Terre Haute's neurologists provide treatment for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke:
- Ischemic stroke—About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic. Ischemic strokes are classified by whether a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain is blocked.
- Hemorrhagic stroke—About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic. When a weakened blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain tissue surrounding it, blood gathers and compresses that brain tissue.
Our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and cardiac care specialists will provide treatment depending on the type of stroke you experience. Your emergent care may include injected medication such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to stop an ischemic stroke or surgical treatment to treat hemorrhagic stroke. If tPA is administered too late, there can be detrimental affects. It is essential to be proactive and to call 911 as soon as you notice the signs of stroke.
As a part of our neurological treatment for stroke, we offer neurological rehabilitation. Our neurologists collaborate with our physical and occupational therapists to provide rehab services to stroke patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
Risk factors of stroke can be minimized if a healthy lifestyle is adopted. Although the risk of stroke increases as you get older, you can adopt the following healthy living habits to help prevent stroke:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Be physically active
- Get the recommended amount of sleep
- Maintain and monitor your blood pressure level
- Keep a healthy weight
- Manage your cholesterol
- Monitor and maintain your blood sugar levels
- Stop smoking