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:
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Peripheral artery disease
- Deep venous thrombosis and other clotting disorders
- Varicose veins
The Stroke Centers at Centegra have received the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Award.
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 or coordination
- Sudden severe headache or confusion
Remember the acronym BE FAST to quickly identify a stroke:
- Balance: Do they have a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
- Eyes: Have they lost vision in one or both eyes? Are they experiencing blurred or double vision?
- Face drooping: Have them smile. Is one side of their face drooping or numb?
- Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask them to raise both arms and look for one arm that drifts downward.
- Speech difficulty: Ask them to repeat the simple phrase, “the sky is blue.” Is their speech slurred or difficult to understand? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time: Call 911 immediately if they show 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 they receive 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.
Stroke Support Group
Recovering from a stroke is a challenging process for patients and their families. The effects of a stroke vary widely and recovery involves physical, social and emotional changes. The Northwestern Medicine Stroke Support Group focuses on physical and emotional healing by providing education, socialization and support to you and your family. The first hour is an educational session led by a clinical expert. The second hour is group support and open discussion.