Medical Services Stroke Services Every stroke is different and the effects depend on the area of the brain affected and the length of time those cells are without oxygen.St. Elizabeth Healthcare is here for your diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation every step of the way. Find a Location Find a Provider Stroke Services Menu Warning Signs and Prevention Support Group Know the Signs of Stroke Stroke Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptures which stops brain cells from receiving the blood flow that they need. When brain cells are damaged, the part of the body that they control can no longer function as it used to. Every stroke is different and the effects depend on the area of the brain affected and the length of time those cells are without oxygen. In some cases, a clot-busting drug can be administered to diminish the effects of a stroke. There is only a three hour window for when this drug can be administered. The services for stroke care at St. Elizabeth Healthcare extend from prevention to diagnosis to treatment and to rehabilitation. Our stroke services include: Risk assessments and Wellness Imaging A collaboration with the EMS and the UC Stroke Team Diagnostic Cardiology A specialized nursing staff Physical Therapy Audiology & Speech Therapy Primary Stroke Certification St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas and St. Elizabeth Edgewood have all achieved a Primary Stroke Certfication and have been re-certified by The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification Program. Facilities are surveyed every two years for re-certification. Every Minute Counts! Stroke is an emergency where EVERY MINUTE COUNTS! Remember to act F.A.S.T. Face: Facial droop; Uneven smile Arm: Arm numbness; Arm weakness Speech: Slurred speech; Difficulty speaking or understanding Time: Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke, we invite you to join our support group. For additional information, please call (859) 572-3120.