Stroke Care

When it comes to treating stroke, time is brain. The sooner the care, the better the outcome. That's why Silver Cross has partnered with UChicago Medicine for neurosciences and stroke care. 

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Silver Cross Hospital has demonstrated its ability to provide expert stroke care around the clock. A multi-disciplinary team that includes highly skilled neurologists, neuro-interventionalists, emergency department specialists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, technicians and together in a coordinated, collaborative system to ensure the best outcomes for patients who've suffered a stroke.

Signs of a Stroke:

BEFAST for Stroke

An ischemic stroke (the most common type of stroke) occurs when a blockage prevents blood flow to a part of the brain. If you are experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the nearest hospital for lifesaving stroke care.

  • Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden blurred, double, or loss of vision
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Confusion or trouble speaking

Use the following FAST acronym to determine if you or a loved one may be experiencing a stroke:

B BALANCE: Are you experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
E EYES: Do you notice sudden blurriness, double, or loss of vision?
F FACE: Smile – Does one side of your face seems to droop?
A ARMS: Raise both arms – Does one arm drift downward?
S SPEECH: Repeat a simple phrase – Is your speech slurred?
T TIME: If you or a loved one has any of these warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Risk Factors of Stroke:

Stroke Risk Scorecard

Stroke Treatment:

Time is brain, and thanks to the advanced care available at the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, the treatment window for stroke can now be greatly extended. When every second counts, nothing matters more to you and your loved ones than having additional time.

The Latest Technology:

Even before a patient with signs of stroke arrives in the Silver Cross Emergency Department, a Code Stroke protocol is activated, calling together a team of experts ready to care for you or a loved one. Treatments include:

Thrombolytic drugs or tPA

Most strokes are caused by blood clots that block the flow of blood to the brain. Clot-busting drugs like tPA help dissolve these blood clots, but prompt treatment is critical.

Neuro-Interventional Procedures in our Biplane Angiography Suite

This equipment allows specialists to extend the treatment window to stop a stroke, and even reverse its effect. Biplane imaging allows doctors to follow the path of blood flow through your blood vessels and create a “roadmap” for reaching and treating the precise location of a stroke or malformation. With the biplane angiography system at Silver Cross, endovascular and surgical procedures are performed faster and with a greater level of safety than ever before.

Call 911

If you or someone you know is having symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately. 

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.