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 Doctor Stroke Services Menu Warning Signs and Prevention 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 Speech Therapy Occupational Therapy Joint Commission Certified Stroke Care Right Here. Five St. Elizabeth facilities have been re-accredited by the Joint Commission for excellence in stroke care. Primary Stroke Centers Edgewood Florence Ft. Thomas Acute Stroke Ready Covington Grant Every Minute Counts! Stroke is an emergency where EVERY MINUTE COUNTS! Remember to B.E. F.A.S.T. B alance – Watch for sudden loss of balance. E yes – Check for vision loss. F ace – Look for an uneven smile. A arm – Check if one arm is weak. S peech – Listen for slurred speech. T ime – Call 9-1-1 right away. Do not delay.