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Stroke care at John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute

  • Through the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute, Allina Health, along with our physician partners, effectively treats patients experiencing stroke.

    All Allina Health hospitals are deemed stroke ready.

    Use the FAST test to recognize and respond to the signs of stroke.

    • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
    • Time: If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Fast action can save brain function when having a stroke. There are a number of effective treatments for stroke, but they are most effective only in the first few hours after stroke symptoms start.

    Source: National Stroke Association

    FAST for stroke

    Stroke information

    More than 795,000 Americans will have a stroke - or brain attack - this year, and 133,000 cases will be fatal. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

    A stroke happens when blood and oxygen flow to the brain is stopped or interrupted due to a ruptured or blocked blood vessel. This can cause damage to the brain.

    Through prevention, education and treatment, Allina Health is working to lower these numbers and improve a patient's chances of recovering from a stroke with fewer complications.

  • What is a stroke?

    Symptoms and signs

    Risk factors and prevention

    Emergency room treatment of a stroke

  • Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers

    DNV-GL certified comprehensive stroke seal

    Abbott Northwestern and United Hospitals have been awarded certification as Comprehensive Stroke Centers by DNV GL Healthcare. Certification as a Comprehensive Stoke Center is recognition that we are able to offer the highest level of treatment and care available for stroke patients, including advanced neuro-interventional radiology, neurosurgery, and neuro-critical care services.


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