In ischemic stroke, sometimes referred to as a cerebral vascular accident or CVA, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel that brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain. As a result, part of the brain is without the blood and oxygen it needs. The brain cells in the affected area of the brain die within minutes.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of permanent disability.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of a stroke should call 911 immediately. Many treatments can only be given in the first three hours after stroke symptoms begin. It's critical to seek immediate medical care.
How is Spectrum Health performing on stroke care?The Joint Commission, which recognizes demonstrated national excellence in stroke care, certified Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals in October 2004, making Spectrum Health one of the first in Michigan and among the first 50 health care organizations in the country to receive this designation. Our Stroke Response Team and dedicated stroke experts provide the area's highest level of comprehensive care that can improve chances of survival and result in better outcomes.
Learn more about our fast and effective advanced stroke treatment at our two nationally certified primary stroke centers located at Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals.