When someone is having a stroke, rapid medical response is essential. The reason? Stroke is the sudden disruption of blood to the brain, which can cause disability or even death.
Being treated promptly—particularly at a hospital with a dedicated stroke center—can increase the chances of surviving a stroke with little or no disabilities.
Our Award-Winning Primary Stroke Center
At Southeast Hospital, we take strokes seriously. We've earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval as a certified primary stroke center since 2007. Not all hospitals have this important designation.
We've also received:
- American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll
- Stroke Center Level II designation through Missouri's Time Critical Diagnosis System
We've earned these recognitions due to our commitment to excellent stroke care. We strictly follow national evidence-based stroke guidelines that improve patient outcomes. For instance, we are able to diagnose and treat stroke quickly—often in less than 60 minutes.
You're in Good Hands With Our Stroke Team
A dedicated stroke team is available at Southeast Hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The team includes stroke neurology, neurosurgery, radiology and other highly trained specialists. They work together to provide timely, effective stroke care.
Patients who arrive at our stroke center receive a prompt evaluation and a CT brain scan to diagnose their condition. Once a diagnosis is made, we treat them quickly.
Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain. For these strokes, treatment with a clot-dissolving medication called tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) may be an option, but time is of the essence. The sooner this medication is administered, the sooner it can begin to dissolve the clot so that blood flow to the brain is restored.
We also have advanced neurosurgery technology to treat strokes caused by bleeding into the brain.
Our stroke center works closely with comprehensive stroke centers in the St. Louis area to provide patients with intravascular treatment that is not available locally.
Call 911 at the First Sign of a Stroke
Treatment can reverse the effects of a stroke, but it works best when given as soon as possible. That's why you should know the signs of a stroke and call 911 right away if you or a loved one may be having a stroke. When it comes to stroke, B.E.F.A.S.T. Sudden changes in balance, eye (vision), face, arm or speech function mean it's time to call 911.
Stroke Rehabilitation at SoutheastHEALTH
We do more than treat stroke emergencies. We also help people regain their independence after a stroke.
Our physical, occupational and speech therapists offer both inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation.