Stroke Care

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency and immediate medical treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. Always call 911 at the first signs of stroke.

  • Stroke Statistics

    The stats are alarming:

    • A stroke occurs every 40 seconds and, on average, every four minutes someone dies of stroke.1
    • Stroke kills nearly 129,000 people each year.1
    • It is the No. 1 cause of disability and the No. 5 cause of death in the United States.1
    • Each year, stroke kills two times as many women as breast cancer.1
    • Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented through lifestyle changes and medications if necessary.2
    • In 2015, Mayo Clinic Health System provided emergency treatment to over 850 people who had a stroke.

    1 American Stroke Association
    2 National Stroke Association

  • Stroke Prevention

    Stroke kills nearly 129,000 people every year but up to 80% of strokes can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and medications. Here are four healthy habits that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke:

    • Don’t smoke
    • Maintain a healthy weight with a body mass index of 25 or lower
    • Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day
    • Exercise at least two and a half hours per week

    There are lots of things that help reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke. The doctors at Mayo Clinic have narrowed the list down to four things you can do to dramatically slash your chances of tying of a heart attack or stroke — watch the video.

  • Stroke Symptoms
    FAST Stroke

    Watch for these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke. Note when your signs and symptoms begin, because the length of time they have been present may guide your treatment decisions:

    • Trouble speaking or understanding
    • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg
    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • A sudden, severe headache

    Think FAST and do the following:

    • 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? Or is one arm unable to be raised?
    • Speech: As the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his/her speech slurred or strange?
    • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
  • Stroke Treatment

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Getting immediate medical attention after the first signs of a stroke increases the possibility that you may receive clot-dissolving therapies (such as TPA) or other clot-retrieving procedures in time to reduce disability and death resulting from stroke. Always call 911 at the first signs of stroke.

  • Survivor Stories

    Scott Gunderson is a typical working father of three young children. His days are full of work meetings, play dates, golf games and helping manage his busy family’s calendar. So what makes the Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, man different? He is a stroke survivor and heart valve patient. Watch his video to learn about his care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire:

  • Stroke Telemedicine

    In stroke telemedicine, also called telestroke, doctors who have advanced training in the nervous system (neurologists) remotely evaluate people who've had acute strokes and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations to emergency medicine providers at other sites. Learn more.