A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either by a blood clot that blocks an artery carrying blood to the brain (ischemic stroke) or by a leak or rupture in an artery in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). In both cases, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. When this happens, abilities controlled by affected area of the brain are lost, such as speech, memory and movement.
Nationally Recognized Stroke Care
Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, as designated by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. This distinction ensures that Henry Ford Allegiance effectively manages high-quality care to meet the unique and specialized needs of patients with stroke.
Quick, Collaborative Response
Time is critical in stroke treatment, and the Henry Ford Allegiance Stroke Care team works quickly, following evidence-based procedures to prevent damage to the brain. Stroke care at Henry Ford Allegiance is a collaboration among emergency physicians and staff, neurologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, case managers, pharmacists and registered dieticians.
When a patient arrives with stroke symptoms, our Stroke Care team immediately assists with breathing, takes a medical history, and performs the necessary examination and testing to confirm the stroke and assess the brain damage. Medications may be given to dissolve the blood clot in an ischemic stroke. In a few cases of hemorrhagic stroke, surgery is necessary. Once the patient’s condition is stabilized, the Henry Ford Allegiance team assesses the extent of brain damage and design a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase independence, improve physical functioning, restore a satisfying quality of life and prevent another stroke.
The risk of stroke significantly increases with age, but it can happen to anyone. Managing your personal risk factors and living a health lifestyle significantly reduce the risk of stroke.