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1015 S. Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48601
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Primary Stroke Center

Speed, proven expertise, technology and facilities

Primary Stroke Center CertificationAs a Primary Stroke Center, St. Mary's of Michigan is nationally recognized as a hospital-based center that stabilizes and provides emergency and comprehensive care to acute stroke patients based on individual treatment needs.

A large team of experts wear "stroke pagers" which allow them to mobilize in minutes and employ elite techniques to save lives threatened by stroke.

Our comprehensive care begins in the Emergency Department where advanced neurological diagnostic tools assist in the accurate detection of stroke. For patients who are candidates for aggressive therapy aimed at reversing the damage caused by stroke, treatment is quick and precise because brain cells deprived of oxygen and glucose die quickly. Minutes count because the time period to administer life-saving, clot-busting drugs or other interventions is short.

Following initial treatment, patients may spend time in our dedicated neurological intensive care unit. Nurses and technicians are specifically trained in neurological care and have devoted their careers to the field.

For more information about stroke care, call
(989) 907-8614.

Warning Signs of Stroke

Stroke Awareness, F.A.S.T.
Awareness of these "warning signs" will help you seek help sooner, improving your chances of survival and limiting damage to your body. Remember, treatment is most effective when started immediately.
 
The warning signs of stroke may include:
  • 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
 
All of these are common symptoms of stroke. However, people may experience symptoms differently. Some people may have no warning. One other possible warning sign of a stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is a temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain, with symptoms that may resolve over several minute to hours. A TIA may indicate that a stroke is about to occur. Therefore, further medical evaluation is essential.

If you experience any of these "warning signs," call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not drive yourself. Emergency crews are trained to assess your condition on the spot and begin immediate life-saving treatment. Exercise your preference with your emergency crew. Tell them you want to come to St. Mary's of Michigan.
     

800 South Washington Avenue | Saginaw, MI 48601 |
(989) 907-8000 | 1-844-907-8000
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