Primary Stroke Center: Lakeshore Leader in Stroke Care

In the event of a stroke, rapid treatment using the best treatment protocols is paramount. Holland Hospital has been designated a Primary Stroke Center, one of a select number of hospitals nationwide that meet the rigorous standards needed for advanced stroke treatment. We have also earned Healthgrades Five-Star award for treatment of stroke for seven years in a row.

As the area leader in stroke care, Holland Hospital provides access to the most advanced technology and treatments. You can take comfort knowing you’re in the hands of highly trained professionals. Our experienced, highly skilled stroke team includes emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, radiologists, rehabilitation professionals and others with specialized training.

Because fast diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve outcomes, our team members are immediately notified when someone who’s suspected of having a stroke is en route to the ER, and are ready and waiting to support the patient immediately upon arrival. This prompt, meticulous response is a critical part of our award-winning approach to stroke care.

Knowledge: Your Stroke of Genius

Learning all you can about stroke can make a lifesaving difference. First and foremost, if you think you’re having a stroke (or someone you love is having one), the most important thing you can do is call 911. Do not delay. The time-saving notification from the area EMS responders to our emergency department puts our stroke response team in action even before your arrive. When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost—so the faster you receive care, the better your chances of recovery.

What is Stroke?

Often referred to as a “brain attack,” stroke is caused by a lack of blood supply to the brain. Stroke can be caused by a clot getting in the way of blood flow to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or can happen when a blood vessel ruptures (called a hemorrhagic stroke). Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and a major cause of serious, long-term disability.

What is a TIA?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a mini-stroke. With a TIA, the typical stroke symptoms develop and last less than 24 hours before disappearing. Even though symptoms fade after a short time, TIAs are strongly linked to major strokes.

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What Are The Signs of Stroke?

To help you spot the signs of stroke, experts recommend you remember BEFAST:

  • B = Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • E = Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • F = Face: Sudden drooping of one side of the face
  • A = Arms: Sudden weakness or numbness in one arm
  • S = Speech: Sudden trouble speaking or confusion
  • T = Time: Call 911 immediately if you notice any of these signs

Dr. Sandip Kothari, emergency medicine physician and medical director, Holland Hospital Primary Stroke Center, discusses the signs of stroke.

Responsive, Exceptional Care for Stroke

Stroke care starts in our ER, where sophisticated diagnostic tools assist in fast, accurate detection. Our team of experts rapidly evaluates the severity of stroke using evidenced-based assessment protocols developed by the National Institutes of Health.

Combined with a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnostic procedures for stroke may include a computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radionuclide angiography, and/or computed tomographic angiography (CTA). From there, treatment may involve medication to dissolve blood clots (for an ischemic stroke), or in rare cases, neurosurgery (for hemorrhagic stroke). No matter what you’re facing, our experienced stroke team will deliver exceptional care every step of the way.

About tPA (tissue plasminogen activator)

tPA is the only FDA-approved treatment for an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. When promptly administered, tPA can save lives and reduce the long-term complications of stroke. Many people don’t receive this brain-saving treatment because they don’t arrive at the hospital in time (within three hours of symptom onset). That’s why it’s crucial to recognize the signs of stroke and seek immediate medical care should you feel you may be having one. Read how quick action made a difference for Liz Dirkse.

Dr. Sandip Kothari, an emergency medicine physician and medical director, Holland Hospital Primary Stroke Center, presents “Brain Attack: The Latest in Stroke Prevention & Treatment.”

Surviving and Thriving After Stroke

When you have a stroke, life can change dramatically—even simple tasks like shopping, talking on the phone, taking a walk or writing a letter can seem overwhelming. For more than 25 years, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services has been guiding recovery for patients who’ve experienced stroke, brain injury or other neurological conditions. Our neuro rehab experts are dedicated to restoring function and improving quality of life for each and every patient.

Video

  • Know the Signs of Stroke: BEFAST

    Know the Signs of Stroke: BEFAST

    In the event of a stroke, could you save a loved one’s life? Recognizing the signs and reacting quickly are critical. Neurologist Christina Johnston, DO, from Lakeshore Health Partners, explains the warning signs, risk factors and treatment of stroke. Knowing "BEFAST" and how to respond could save a life .

  • Stroke: Signs & Symptoms

    Stroke: Signs & Symptoms

    Sandip Kothari, MD, Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the Holland Hospital Primary Stroke Center discusses the signs and symptoms of stroke.

  • Brain Attack: The Latest in Stroke Prevention & Treatment Options

    Brain Attack: The Latest in Stroke Prevention & Treatment Options

    Sandip Kothari, MD, Medical Director of Holland Hospital's Primary Stroke Center, presents Brain Attack: The Latest in Stroke Prevention & Treatment.