A stroke is a medical emergency that can catch you by surprise. It may cause symptoms such as confusion and an inability to talk or move on one side of your body. During a stroke, blood vessels restrict blood flow to your brain. It’s important to get the right medical help quickly to prevent serious brain damage or death.
Providence St. Patrick Hospital is a Joint Commission certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center with advanced teams and resources ready at any time. Expert neurosurgeons, neurologists, cardiologists, interventional radiologists and other specialists work with lifesaving speed to prevent or limit complications.
If a severe stroke does cause your brain to be damaged, you won’t be alone — our stroke rehabilitation team will help you manage and work through setbacks.
We provide high-level diagnosis, medical and surgical therapies and post-stroke care. Our inpatient stroke unit assures you of exceptional continuous care, including:
- A dedicated team of stroke care specialists to care for you
- Specially trained staff to reduce stroke complications
- Education about your condition tailored for you and your family
- Leading-edge stroke management equipment and care
- Stroke prevention education and therapies to lower the risk of another stroke
If you come to our emergency room with stroke symptoms, our team of doctors, nurses and technicians provide fast evaluation and care. Providence doctors follow established stroke-care guidelines that address both emergency and ongoing care.
Emergency stroke services include:
- Stroke experts available around the clock, seven days a week, to immediately evaluate stroke symptoms within minutes of arrival
- Evaluation and treatment using guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care for improved outcomes
- Rapid imaging and telestroke neurologists
- 24/7 interventional radiologists
If you arrive at the St. Patrick Hospital emergency room with symptoms of stroke or TIA, you’re immediately evaluated by specially trained nurses, doctors and technicians. You’re always assured of rapid diagnosis and treatment.
When a stroke happens, don’t delay seeking help. Fast response provides the best chance for recovery and quality of life after a stroke.
Call 911 or be taken to the hospital immediately for these symptoms:
- Double or blurred vision
- Drooping or paralysis on one side of the face
- Loss of sight in one eye
- Mental confusion and trouble thinking or communicating
- Numb, paralyzed or weak arm or leg
- Poor balance and clumsiness
- Slurred speech
- Sudden, severe headache
Certain risk factors increase your chances of both stroke and heart disease. Talk to your doctor or primary health care provider about regular health screening, including these lab tests:
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Fasting blood sugars
To lower your risk:
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week
- Avoid or limit alcohol to light or moderate drinking
- Plan balanced, nutritious meals
- Manage your weight
- Educate yourself and others about stroke
Providence specialists who may help you with stroke care include:
- Nurse practitioner
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Registered nurse
- Registered dietitian
- Respiratory therapist
- Social worker
- Speech/language pathologist
We're nationally certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a respected independent organization. Additionally, we’re part of an established program recognized for high standards of care, including:
- American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll
- Gold Plus Award and Honor Roll Elite, recognized for at least a year of 75% or higher achievement of door-to-needle treatment times within an hour of certain stroke symptoms
Stroke Center Videos
On this week's HealthBreak, Dr. Mark Elliott talks about the DAWN Trial that has shown there is significant advantage to treating stroke patients more than 6 hours after onset, thanks to imaging only available in Montana at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.
Dan Pierce, MD at Providence St. Patrick Hospital - a primary stroke center in Missoula, Montana - talks about the TeleStroke system that allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability as well as a leading cause of death. Advances in stroke treatment are helping more people survive, but early emergency medical care is critical to minimize disability.