Stroke
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A stroke is a brain attack. Blood flow to the brain is interrupted and this may cause permanent damage to the brain. If you suspect a stroke, call 911. Time is brain! Some clot-dissolving agents that make a big difference can only be administered within 4 1/2 hours of stroke. 

Stroke Facts

Here are some facts about stroke:

  • One occurs every 45 seconds.
  • It is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability.
  • About 750,000 Americans will have a stroke this year and 168,000 of them will die.
  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke in 2004 was $53.6 billion.
  • African Americans' risk for stroke is up to four times higher than non-Hispanic whites.
    • Problems with speaking, reading or writing.
    • Difficulty with coordination and control in the arms or legs.
    • Weakness or complete paralysis of one half of the body.
    • Loss of sensation on one half of the body.
    • Loss of a portion or all of your vision.
    • Dizziness or loss of balance.
    • Severe headaches without any obvious cause.
    • Your doctor can guide you through the necessary steps to keep you healthy and stroke free.
    • Keep your blood pressure as normal as possible. Your doctor will decide how low based on your health circumstances. You must continue to see your doctor regularly in order to stay healthy.
    • Cholesterol[HW1]  levels will need to be monitored closely by your doctor to prevent clogging of the arteries.
    • Keep your medical appointments to avoid sudden health emergencies.
    • Anti-thrombotics like aspirin and Plavix prevent formation of platelet plaques that stick to arteries.
    • Cholesterol-reducing drugs like Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor reduce cholesterol plaques that clog the arteries.
    • Antihypertensives reduce blood pressure.

Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

  • Problems with speaking, reading or writing.
  • Difficulty with coordination and control in the arms or legs.
  • Weakness or complete paralysis of one half of the body.
  • Loss of sensation on one half of the body.
  • Loss of a portion or all of your vision.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance.
  • Severe headaches without any obvious cause.

Stroke Prevention

  • Your doctor can guide you through the necessary steps to keep you healthy and stroke free.
  • Keep your blood pressure as normal as possible. Your doctor will decide how low based on your health circumstances. You must continue to see your doctor regularly in order to stay healthy.
  • Cholesterol levels will need to be monitored closely by your doctor to prevent clogging of the arteries.
  • Keep your medical appointments to avoid sudden health emergencies.

Medications for Stroke

  • Anti-thrombotics like aspirin and Plavix prevent formation of platelet plaques that stick to arteries.
  • Cholesterol-reducing drugs like Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor reduce cholesterol plaques that clog the arteries.
  • Antihypertensives reduce blood pressure.

Stroke Rehabilitation

More than 100 stroke patients annually receive care on Sinai-Grace’s specialized 16-bed inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

Physical and occupational therapists, nurses and speech/language therapists work together to develop a plan to speed a return to work or previous lifestyle. Nurses are certified as Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) specialists and physical therapists are certified as Neurological Clinical Specialists.

The unit has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1986.

Stroke Support

A stroke can affect individuals in many ways. People may experience physical, cognitive and/or speaking problems. If you’ve experienced any of these since your stroke, you’ve probably found not many people understand the challenges you face from day to day. This can be a challenging time in your life. You may feel isolated, emotional and have many questions about issues you have never faced before.

Sinai-Grace provides several support groups to help stroke survivors and their families.

Our support groups are based on three key components that are the stepping stones to a full stroke recovery:

  1. Support: Meetings provide emotional support, encouragement and the opportunity to share common experiences in stroke recovery in a safe and confidential environment.
  2. Education: Guest speakers address topics such as nutrition, home exercises, coping with stress, spirituality and much more.
  3. Socialization: Group exercises, crafts and a variety of special events provide a social outlet for stroke survivors, family members and caregivers.

Stepping Stones Stroke Support Group

  • When: 2 pm, first Wednesday of the month
  • Where: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: 313-966-9998

Spice of Life Stroke Club - Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

  • When: 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 261 Mack, Detroit
  • Contact: 313-745-9790


For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital’s neurology services or a referral to a Sinai-Grace neurologist, call 313-966-4800.