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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

To contact the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute call,
612-863-3200.

Recognize stroke - FAST

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.

Source: National Stroke Association

Stroke Program

A program of:


Expert stroke services have been offered at Abbott Northwestern since 1997.

Our comprehensive and integrated stroke program combines the expertise of the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute to offer a complete care program.

Emergency care

  • immediate intervention and management of acute stroke including intravenous
  • thrombolytic (clot-busting) medication
  • 24-hour coverage by neurologists specializing in stroke
  • neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons provide state of the art stroke care, including intra-arterial thrombolytic
  • medication, cerebral angioplasty and mechanical clot retrieval

Hospital care

  • dedicated neuro critical care and neuroscience units with nursing staff trained in the management of acute stroke
  • rehabilitation medicine consultation, physical and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology
  • support services for patients and families including a dedicated clinical psychologist
  • superior imaging and diagnostic capabilities to determine cause of stroke and contributing factors, thus maximizing
  • secondary prevention
  • surgery and neurointervention to treat narrowed arteries in the head or neck including carotid endarterectomy and stents

Inpatient rehabilitation through Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Outpatient services

Primary Stroke Center Certification

Our program was awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification and the Gold Seal of Approvalâ„¢ for stroke care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in 2006 and received reaccreditation in 2010.