Stroke Treatment at The Detroit Medical Center
The Detroit Medical Center is dedicated to serving residents of Wayne County before, during, and after a stroke. We're here to help you recognize the signs of stroke, stroke symptoms, and recommend changes you can make to help prevent a stroke in the future. Our emergency services are unparalleled in quality and speed, and our stroke specialists are ready when you arrive, to start delivering the most advanced stroke care. Only DMC offers an entire hospital dedicated to stroke care and stroke rehabilitation all located just around the corner from Wayne County.
If you're a resident of Wayne County and think you're having a stroke, you need to know that America's best possible stroke care is a short drive away. The DMC’s Award Winning Cardiovascular Institute is located within minutes of Wayne County, Michigan. Upon your arrival at DMC CVI, emergency physicians and nurses will quickly diagnose and begin your stroke care, while top neurosurgeons, expert neurologists, and board-certified radiologists will interpret your case and customize the best stroke treatment plan.
The Detroit Medical Center also has specialized stroke therapists to help you on the road to recovery after a stroke. All these stroke rehabilitation experts working together, connected by a individualized stroke treatment plan tailored to your care and dedicated to your recovery from stroke.
DMC Ranked as National Leader in Stroke Care
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital has been recognized with a Stroke Care Excellence Award. This award for stroke care excellence is based upon top performance in the principle diagnosis of stroke. The Detroit Medical Center stroke specialists provide residents of Wayne County with proven stroke care programs ranked among the finest in the nation.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is when an artery that delivers blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot, or when a blood vessel to the brain breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Without this blood flow, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
When a stoke starts to kill brain cells, the areas of your body controlled by those cells are affected – you may lose control of these areas, affecting your speech, movement and memory. How you are affected depends upon what part of the brain is affected by the lack of blood. Someone who has a small stroke may have only minor problems, such as weakness in a leg or arm. People with larger strokes may be paralyzed on one side of their body, or lose their ability to speak.
If you're a resident of Wayne County and need a primary care doctor to help you determine your risk of stroke, an Wayne County stroke specialist to see you through, or a Wayne County stroke therapist to help you recover, your connection to the specialty hospitals of the DMC is 1-888-DMC-2500.
Every minute counts when you think you may be having a stroke. All stroke symptoms occur suddenly, so be sure you are aware of them if you think you may be at risk. The National Stroke Association offers this quick guide to use if you think someone is having a stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg; especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Suddent trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Learn How to Prevent a Stroke
- Know your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. Have it checked annually. If it is elevated, work with your doctor to keep it under control. If your doctor decides you have high blood pressure, he or she may recommend some changes in your diet, regular exercise, or medicine. Do not make changes to your diet, exercise or medicine routines without talking to your stroke doctor first.
- Find out if you have atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that changes how your heart works and allows blood to collect in the chambers of your heart. This can lead to blood clots, which, if moved through the arteries by the heart, can lead to stroke. Your doctor can help you determine if you have atrial fibrillation, and may choose to lower your risk with medication.
- If you smoke, stop. Smoking doubles your risk for stroke. Quitting today immediately reduces your risk.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day can increase your risk for stroke by as much as three times, and also lead to liver disease, accidents and more. Remember that alcohol is a drug and can interact with some medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of the medicines you are taking could interact with alcohol.
- Find out if you have high cholesterol. A high level of “bad cholesterol” can mean build-up of plaque, which narrows the arteries and can limit or stop blood flow. Your cholesterol level can be inherited, or be a result of your body chemistry. It can also result from a diet high in saturated fats, lack of exercise or diabetes. Talk to your stroke doctor about your cholesterol levels and what you can do to control them.
- If you are diabetic, work with your doctor to control your condition. Often, diabetes can be controlled through careful attention to what you eat. Work with your doctor or a dietician to develop a healthy eating program, and create a healthy lifestyle to help control your diabetes.
- Exercise. Make time each day to take care of your body by exercising – a brisk walk for as little as 30 minutes a day can improve your health in many ways, and may reduce your risk for stroke.
- Eat healthy. Reducing the amount of sodium (salt) and fat in your meals may help you lower your blood pressure and lower your risk for stroke. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- Adding fiber, such as whole grain bread, raw/unpeeled fruits and vegetables and dried beans, to your diet can reduce cholesterol levels.
- Ask your doctor about circulation problems. Strokes can be caused by problems with your heart, arteries, veins or blood. Your doctor can check to see if you have problems with the circulation supplying blood to your brain.
If you are a resident of Wayne County and think you are having a stroke, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a Detroit Medical Center doctor who can help you assess your risk for stroke, call 888-DMC-2500, or request an appointment online from one of our Stroke Specialists.