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Stroke

A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is either reduced or stopped, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A stroke may cause loss in brain function and affect movement and speech.

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Stroke treatment in Lake City, Florida

If you or a loved one is having a stroke, our specialties at HCA Florida Lake City Hospital deliver the fast response and effective treatment needed to recover quickly.

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center recognized by The Joint Commission, our services are designed with your treatment and well-being in mind. We know that when it comes to a stroke, every second counts. This is why our staff is standing by to provide you with high-quality emergency care when you need it most.

Stroke is a medical emergency

If you believe someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

If you believe someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Our stroke treatment program

We offer you complete stroke care that spans from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation.

Comprehensive stroke care

We are here to support you throughout your stroke recovery. Our services include:

  • Emergency treatment - Our emergency room team is available 24/7 to care for patients experiencing strokes. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is considered one of the most effective emergency stroke treatments. The medication is typically administered as soon as you arrive at the hospital.
  • Supportive care - We offer you supportive care to ensure your comfort and health throughout your recovery. This includes continued monitoring and providing any treatment for conditions that may have resulted from the stroke.
  • Rehabilitation therapy - Rehabilitation therapy is used to help you recover after you have experienced a stroke. It can include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Stroke resources

Below are additional resources that provide information about stroke care.

Understanding stroke

A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate emergency care, which is why being knowledgeable about stroke can help save a life.

Types of stroke

A stroke is caused by interrupted blood flow to part of the brain. When blood flow is stopped, that part of the brain can’t receive oxygen and other nutrients. This causes brain cells to die and can result in permanent damage, even death.

There are different types of strokes, including:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke: when a blood vessel ruptures and blood leaks into the brain
  • Ischemic stroke: when a blood clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke": when there is temporary interruption of blood flow to part of the brain

Stroke symptoms

It’s important to be able to recognize signs of a stroke so you can act quickly when they occur. Common stroke symptoms include sudden:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Severe headache with no known cause (may be accompanied by pain in the face or stiffness in the neck)
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes (such as blurred, blackened or double vision)
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble walking

The symptoms of a TIA are the same as those of a stroke, but they usually last only a few minutes. If you think you are experiencing a stroke, don't drive. Call 911.


Stroke risk factors

There are certain factors and conditions that may put you at risk for stroke. However, some of those conditions can often be treated. Some of the major risk factors for stroke include:

  • Being 55 years old and older
  • Having a family history of stroke
  • Having atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Having diabetes
  • Having heart disease
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Having poor circulation

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