Stroke Warning Signs
The American Stroke Association recommends remembering “FAST” to spot the signs of a stroke:
Face drooping. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech difficulty. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
Time matters. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also keep track of the time when symptoms appeared.
Comprehensive Stroke Centers
Texas Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth offer advanced stroke capabilities and take a multidisciplinary approach to care with dedicated medical professionals including a neurovascular medical director on the medical staff and nurses and therapists specifically trained in stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are required to be equipped with advanced technology, including updated facilities and telemedicine technology. Learn more about Texas Health Stroke Centers.
Accredited Comprehensive Stroke Centers
Primary Stroke Centers
Texas Health hospitals that have received certification as a Primary Stroke Center are able to participate in the Dallas Area Stroke Network. The network sends stroke patients to hospitals that have met high quality standards for stroke care. Learn more about Texas Health Stroke Centers.
Accredited Primary Stroke Centers
- Texas Health Alliance
- Texas Health Arlington Memorial
- Texas Health Denton
- Texas Health HEB
- Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth
- Texas Health Huguley
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Stroke and Neurovascular Conditions Treated
We provide care for a wide scope of stroke and neurovascular conditions such as:
- Ischemic stroke
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA-often called a mini-stroke)
- Hemorrhagic stroke
- Arteriovenous and vascular malformations
- Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (venous stroke)
Advanced Stroke Imaging
Our stroke centers offer the full range of diagnostic equipment, tests and scans to deliver appropriate care for each patient. Advanced stroke imaging software helps physicians on the medical staff quickly evaluate the damage caused by a stroke and determine function that can be saved.
For example, RAPID imaging technology quickly analyzes the CT and MRI scans of patients having acute strokes to optimize care decisions. The software is fast and automated, and results can be viewed by the treating physician on the medical staff on any computer or handheld device. Available at Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Fort Worth and Texas Health Plano, this testing increases the speed-to-decision time — generally less than two minutes for actionable results.
The physicians on the medical staff recommend treatments that can include clot-busting drugs, procedures like thrombectomy, and other treatments depending on the patient and the time they had a stroke.
Based on the type of stroke you have, you may receive:
- Clot busting medication — tPA or Alteplase
- Neurointerventional or Minimally Invasive embolization of aneurysms and vascular malformations
- Neurosurgical interventions, elective and emergent for treatment of any neurovascular condition
- Intracranial aneurysms — clipping and coiling
- Tumor embolization
- Carotid artery angioplasty and stenting
Researchers at Texas Health are dedicated to studying stroke, its risk factors and stroke care. Participants often include our patients as well as others who are at risk or have had a stroke. Studies include:
START — Optimal Delay Time to Initiate Anticoagulation after Ischemic Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation. Prospective study to look at the right time to begin medications that will prevent blood clots in those with an irregular heart rhythm. This study focuses on patients with a stroke caused by a blood clot.
WISHeS— Women’s Imaging of Stroke Hemodynamics Study. Retrospective study reviewing the differences in the arteries in the head to determine differences in women when they have a stroke.
Dizziness Triage in the Emergency Room. Patients seeking emergency care for symptoms of dizziness can have a large range of diagnoses. This study retrospectively reviews how to better triage these patients who may have a posterior circulation stroke.
NEWFAST. Nursing study to validate a new tool for identifying all types of strokes. Texas Health Dallas is the primary site for this multiple-site study.
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Stroke is considered a brain injury, and rehabilitation focuses on recovery from day one. Therapists at Texas Health facilities work closely with each patient to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan. The stroke centers also include access to support groups, education and prevention programs.
Our programs share rehabilitation and recovery resources, available in inpatient and outpatient settings, to help you get back to living your life.
People who have had a stroke can gain valuable advice and support by speaking with others who have been there themselves, in groups led by trained stroke experts. Support groups are also offered for your family members.
Texas Health Dallas Support Group
Texas Health Dallas, UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital collaborate to offer "Living Your Best Life after a Stroke," a community education series for patients who have suffered a stroke and caregivers.
The educational class series provides information about stroke risk factors and prevention, nutrition, physical activity, caregiver resources and more.
For more information or to sign up please contact the patient navigator at 214-345-4200 or email THDNeurosciences@TexasHealth.org.
Texas Health Fort Worth Support Group
Attention Stroke Survivors and Caregivers!
If you or a family member has been released from the hospital, and you are feeling apprehensive about where do I go from there; we haven’t forgotten you!
Texas Health has multiple support groups that cover a wide range of conditions. One support group is specific to our stroke patients. This group was started by a stroke survivor over 15 years ago and has helped hundreds of people on this journey. It meets monthly to discuss topic of interest to patients and families that have experienced a stroke. We encourage our members to be positive, avoid stress, and help each other get back to our pre-stroke life. It works!
Be a part of our celebration of life! We are free and no registration is required. All you have to do is show up at our door. We have information about stroke we would love to share with you.
Date/Time: First Wednesday of every month from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Texas Rehabilitation Hospital, 425 Alabama Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
For the safety of everyone, please plan to answer a health questionnaire for COVID symptoms upon arrival and masks will be required.
A virtual option is also available using Zoom. If this interests you, please Call 817-250-3727 for more information.
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