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Stroke Center

Providence Regional Medical Center Stroke CenterFor the fifth consecutive year, The Stroke Center at Providence Regional is proud to have received the HealthGrades® Stroke Care Excellence Award™. This award ranks Providence Regional in the top 10% in the nation for stroke treatment.

Our seasoned team of more than 60 stroke experts, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, rehab specialists, nurses, and therapists provides 24/7 services to more stroke patients than any other hospital in Washington.

We are recognized by the American Stroke Association as a provider of care consistent with national guidelines for the best possible stroke care.

Stroke risk factors and warning signs

Affecting more than half a million Americans each year, stroke is the third leading killer in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.

Stroke risk factors:

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • history of heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills)

Stroke warning signs:

  • severe headache
  • confusion, disorientation or memory loss
  • numbness, weakness or clumsiness of an arm, leg or side of the face
  • abnormal or slurred speech
  • loss of vision
  • poor balance or lack of coordination

Act F-A-S-T when a stroke strikes

  • Face - Does the person have a facial droop? Ask them to smile.
  • Arms - Is on arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms.
  • Speech - Is the speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
  • Time - Time for help. Call 9-1-1!

New Clinical Evaluation Unit puts mini-stroke patients on recovery fast track

Timing is critical when treating a stroke patient. If you arrive at Providence Regional's Emergency Department with symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini-stroke, you'll receive an accelerated preliminary work-up and then be taken to our new Clinical Evaluation Unit (CEU), located on the same floor. Learn more.