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Stroke & Vascular Care

Comprehensive Stroke and Vascular Care in McHenry County

Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States, yet many times a person does not experience symptoms until a catastrophic event occurs, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture. Although preventive screening is available, millions of Americans at risk for stroke or death from vascular disorders remain unaware of their risk.

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 137,000 people die from this disorder. A large proportion of strokes are caused by plaque in the carotid arteries. In 2010, it was estimated that Americans would pay about $73.7 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability.

Centegra Health System’s Joint Commission certified Stroke Centers provide advanced treatment for all common vascular disorders, including:

  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Deep venous thrombosis and other clotting disorders
  • Varicose veins

The Stroke Centers at Centegra have received the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for the past two years.

The stroke programs at both Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock earned stroke certification through the Joint Commission.

Stroke Symptoms and Prevention

Common stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden drooping in the face or problems with speech
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the arm or leg
  • Sudden trouble with vision, coordination, or dizziness
  • Sudden severe headache or confusion

The Stroke Centers at Centegra Health System have adopted the acronym F.A.S.T. to provide you with tips on how to quickly identify a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:

  • Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  • Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms and look for one arm that drifts downward.
  • Speech difficulty: Ask the person to repeat the simple phrase, “the sky is blue.” Is his or her speech slurred or difficult to understand? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time: Call 911 immediately if the person shows any of these symptoms. It is also important to note the time symptoms began. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances of recovery, but only if the person receives medical care right away.

The Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit offers a comprehensive vascular screening package to check your risk for stroke and heart disease. To learn more, visit the Prevention page or call 877-CENTEGRA (236-8347) for screening dates, locations, and times.