Referrals & Appointments
Stroke & Vascular Screening
With nearly 30 percent of people who suffer a stroke being under the age of 65, the face of stroke is not who you think. The effects of stroke can be devastating, but the severity of disability and the likelihood of death can be reduced based on how much you know about your health, how quickly you act and the care you receive.
Stroke Aware Online Assessment - Do You Know Your Risk?
Just like heart disease, there are controllable risk factors for stroke and vascular disease. Anyone can have a stroke, regardless of age, sex or race. Do you know your risk? Our Stroke Aware assessment takes about five minutes and provides a quick response about your health as well as action steps if you are identified as being at risk. Take the free, five-minute StrokeAware test. It could save your life.
Screenings for At Risk
If you are at risk, the following screenings can check your blood flow, head to toe, using ultrasound technology to find plaque buildup at an early stage. It's fast, non-invasive and painless. It can also save your life.
|BRANDON'S STORY: BRANDON, 31, OF
ROMEOVILLE, SUFFERED A STROKE JUST
AS HIS WIFE WENT INTO LABOR TO DELIVER
PARKER GRACE (PICTURED HERE).
Stroke & Vascular Screening
Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Peripheral Artery Disease Screening
Carotid Artery Disease Screening
What should I look for in a screening test for stroke and vascular disease?
- Does the screening include additional health measurements, such as blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, lipid profile and glucose? This information should be reviewed with the patient, along with the results, by an expert cardiovascular nurse clinician. Armed with this information, the patient will walk away with a clear picture of overall risk.
- Is the scan performed by a registered vascular technician?
- Is the final report read by a physician, preferably a board certified interventional radiologist?
- Are a range of risk reduction programs available?
The importance of an accredited stroke center
Even though stroke is the third cause of death in the United States, affecting 700,000 people a year, many hospitals are not adequately prepared to treat stroke victims. Edward Hospital is designated as a Stroke Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Similar to the "trauma team" concept, the stroke team is specially trained to ensure rapid triage and treatment of stroke patients. Edward Hospital is one of 17 Primary Stroke Centers in the Chicago area. In addition, Edward has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Get With the GuidelinesSM program for achievement in cardiac and stroke patient care.
Timing is everything
Muscle weakness, slurred speech, facial droop and severe dizziness are often ignored or mistaken for something else, but often they are signs of a stroke, and care must be received as quickly as possible, often within just three hours, to receive life-saving treatment. Every second delayed could mean a life not saved.
Stroke Warning Signs
The American Stroke Association says these are the warning signs of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. tPA is the only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of stroke within three hours of stroke symptom onset.
Stroke Risk Factors: Who should have a stroke and vascular screening?
Men should be 45 years of age or older and women should be 55 years of age or older, and have one or more of these risk factors: family history of heart disease or a relative who had a stroke
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- diabetes or fasting blood sugar greater than 100
- circulatory problems
- irregular heart beat
- leg pain